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Officials warning residents about latest telephone scam

Friday, February 4, 2011

Mike Heaton
The Clay County Sheriff's Department (CCSD) issued a warning to all residents Friday regarding an alleged telephone scam filtering through the area.

According to information provided by the department, CCSD dispatchers have received several calls from residents about the scam.

Reports show the caller states they are calling from "Winner's Circle" Sweepstakes. They then inform the victim they are eligible for a large amount of money.

According to the report, the caller, in a specific case identifying herself as "Barbara Rose," appear to be "very educated and convincing."

The caller in the alleged scam then attempts to convince the victim the only necessary step needed to claim the money is to travel to a local Walmart, or Western Union, and wire or forward a shipping-and-handling fee to an undisclosed destination. The shipping and handling fee asked for is approximately $300.

CCSD officials stated in one instance, "Barbara" became agitated because the victim called the sheriff's department.

According to the information, "Barbara" began making threats toward the victim and already had access to the victim's name and address, confirming this before offering the money prize to the victim.

CCSD Sheriff Mike Heaton said it's difficult to gauge how many scams residents may face.

"It all depends on who gets the call and if they report it," Heaton said. "I know I've gotten calls at the house about credit card information.

"There are so many different scams out there. These individuals are just trying to take advantage of people. But most people have figured them out by now and just don't talk to the people."

CCSD officials wanted to remind residents to exercise caution when conducting any business over the telephone or Internet as individuals involved in the scams typically ask for monies to be forwarded or wired to another location.

For more information regarding potential scams, log on to www.consumerfraudreporting.org.

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