Published: Aug 24, 2011 9:19 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 24, 2011 9:53 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A new online tool being used by the Lee County Sheriff's office is helping people to avoid becoming scam victims.

A new website allows investigators to track areas con artists are targeting and includes some helpful tips on how to avoid being ripped off.

It's a story we've reported on countless of times. Victims falling prey to bogus stories of family members in trouble overseas or winning millions in a lottery you never played. These scams often target the most vulnerable in our community.

Now, a new online tool is out to help stop people from giving in to con-artists. The website,, lets individuals look up crucial information on how to avoid being scammed. The website includes a "fraud risk test" to rank how susceptible a person is to giving up private information in an e-mail.

The Lee County Sheriff's office is using this site to get the word out to residents about scams in our area. The site also allows someone who may be tricked to come forward anonymously. The site also includes videos on how protect your identity.