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Sheriff warns of possible telephone scams

Friday, September 2, 2011

Telephone scams are becoming more abundant and Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton urges residents to be weary.

A telephone scam that has been brought to the attention of authorities in Seymour could affect residents of Brazil.

In this particular scam, a "collection agency" calls people and attempts to intimidate them into giving out personal information or money.

Heaton said he receives complaints about these types of scams periodically.

"A scam like this is just another way to take advantage of people," Heaton said.

Heaton said residents should never give out any personal information over the phone.

In most cases, Heaton said, a legitimate company would already have much of the personal information these scams are attempting to acquire.

Targets of this scam are also urged not to give in to the pressure of a scam and give them money.

Heaton said a good way to verify if it is legitimate is to ask for a contact number, which the scam will not be able to provide due to it being a fake or "spoof" number.

Heaton said it's hard to track down these telephone scams because the "spoof" number doesn't go to anything.

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