Generally, when something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

An area resident remembered this recently and avoided being a victim of identity theft, according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

“He was contacted on the phone and they were talking about how good his credit was and offering him a low interest or no interest credit card.

“Like most of them they had some information but were missing a piece. That‘s typically the case, they‘ll have the address but not the social security number or the account number.”

According to a release from Groves the victim recognized the scam and discontinued the call.

In the release, Groves reminded residents to be cautious about providing anyone with their personal information, such as bank account numbers, social security numbers, birth dates or other identifying details.

Groves said a good rule of thumb is to not provide any personal information to anyone or alleged business or organization, unless you are the one who contacted them.

Banks, governments, and other organizations generally do not contact anyone by phone in order to verify personal information.

Should you receive such a call, you should hang up and notify your local law enforcement authorities.