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Sheriff's Department warns of telephone scams

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 1:56 p.m. CDT; updated 5:02 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 15, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department is alerting people about telephone scams that are soliciting personal information for phony charitable causes, prizes and travel schemes as well as loan, debt and medical offers.

The Sheriff's Department recently received several resident reports of phone calls asking for personal financial information or claiming that the residents had won prizes, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The Sheriff's Department warned residents in the release that scammers are likely calling to perpetrate identity theft or trick people out of their money. The department reminded residents to never provide personal or financial information such as Social Security or bank account numbers to unsolicited callers.

According to the release, a scammer may claim that the payment of a processing fee is required in order to collect a large prize.

For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission's website.


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