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Sheriff’s office: Beware of scam

December 8, 2012
The Leader Herald

FULTONVILLE - The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is warning the community about a scam affecting local victims.

The scheme involves people receiving a phone call at home from someone who claims if the person receiving the call does not provide money by Western Union, he or she will be arrested by the local sheriff's office or police department, the release said.

Most of the victims have an outstanding loan. The caller states a payment is required, and then claims lack of payment will be proof a crime has been committed, to try and scare the victim, the release said.

If people have caller ID, the release said, the phone number will show up as an "Emergency Call."

"This is something completed with the use of a computer over the Internet, it is not your local law enforcement calling," the release said.

In the release, the sheriff's office encourages people not to provide any information over the phone. People should contact their local loan provider, bank or local law enforcement agency to ensure they are dealing with the correct people. People should never send money to anyone if they are not completely sure who is requesting the money, the release said.

For more information, call the sheriff's office at 673-2554, 853-5500 or 736-1850.



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