Sheriff warns residents about phone scams

April 8, 2010 8:13:28 PM PDT
Cumberland County Sheriff Earl R. Butler is warning residents about an anonymous phone caller who is trying to trick unsuspecting victims out of their personal information.Investigators say the caller, who appears to be dialing from a local cell phone number, tells victims that he or she qualifies for a free $7,000 grant from the federal government that doesn't have to be paid back. In return, the victim must give the caller their name, social security number and other personal information.

Sheriff Butler wants the public to know that the offer is false and is an invitation for trouble. There is no such grant available from the government.

Authorities say if you receive a call like this, contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at (910) 323-1500 and report the crime.

They say residents should never give out personal information to anyone over the telephone offering deals that are too good to be true.

For more information and preventative tips about fraud visit ccsonc.org.

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