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Resident warns of phone scam

Friday, November 4, 2011

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton
At first, Jessie Thomas wasn't sure how to react.

Recently, the Brazil resident received a phone call from a woman asking for the account number on her checks.

After Thomas explained what banking institution she worked with, the woman, who spoke with a foreign accent, said everyone who banked there were getting new account numbers.

"She knew my name and phone number," Thomas said.

Thomas continued saying the woman demanded she get a check in order to receive the account number.

"The more she talked, the more I thought it was a funny call," Thomas said.

Thomas said after she was asked again to go and get her checkbook, she started becoming "suspicious."

"I asked about getting her phone number and she didn't say anything," Thomas said. "She just hung up."

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said while his department has been receiving calls regarding a new phone scam; this is new to the area.

"I haven't heard that one, but it doesn't surprise me," he said. "I've heard one similar to that."

Heaton said recently, the department has received several calls from residents in regard to people calling posing as debt collectors, telling the person they owe "X" amount of dollars or they are going to be arrested.

"As far as issuing new check numbers, that will come from your financial institution," Heaton said. "They're not going to call you like that.

"Being a small community, a lot of us know the workers at our banks and vice versa. It's one of those things that if you're getting called, you'll just let them know you'll call the local number back. Talk to your bank before you give out any of your information."

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I'm amazed at how intelligent these scammers are. I've received phony calls before and some of them may sound stupid and a bit slow in understanding English but trust me, these kind of people think ahead. They already have a plan while we don't. This is why I hang up right away when I think it's a scam call. The longer you stay with them on the line, the more information they get about you. So end the call.

At the same time, report the phone number to the telephone scams watchdog site http://www.callercenter.com. Unlike the usual phone look-up sites, callercenter is free. You can look up as many phone numbers as you want and the best thing about it is that you can post complaints about the scam, too, so everybody else is warned about it.

-- Posted by scammeroutlaw on Sun, Nov 27, 2011, at 9:21 PM

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