Monday, December 11, 2017
Public safety

Pinellas residents complain of robo calls asking for personal info

Pinellas County

Deputies: Automated calls part of scam

At least a dozen Pinellas residents this week have reported automated callers asking for personal information including bank account and credit card numbers, Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies said.

The "robo" callers have told people their credit card has been disabled and instructed them to enter account numbers to reactivate it.

The Sheriff's Office offers tips to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:

• Unless you initiate the call, do not offer, key in or provide any personal information, credit card numbers or banking information.

• Hang up and contact your financial institution directly to verify whether your account has been compromised.

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A sheriff's deputy was treated for minor injuries at a hospital Wednesday night after he was involved in a car crash at the intersection of 83rd Street and Park Boulevard, authorities said.

Deputy Patrick Milewsky, 54, was driving a 2011 Crown Victoria cruiser, when he collided with an SUV driven by Kerri Baker, 39, of Seminole. Baker and three passengers in her vehicle were not injured, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Milewsky was turning left onto Park Boulevard when Baker's vehicle struck the rear driver's side door of the cruiser. The sheriff's Major Accident Investigation Team is looking into the crash, which happened at approximately 7:50 p.m.

No further information was immediately available.

Times staff

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