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Lee County sheriff warns of phone scam

A new phone scam has surfaced in Lee County.

Posted: Mar 26, 2018 9:43 PM
Updated: Jul 5, 2018 5:21 PM

LEE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A new phone scam has surfaced in Lee County.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says there have been multiple reports of his cell phone number appearing on calls that are connected to a scam.

The caller tells the victim they've won a prize or poses as the IRS.

He says a recent case involved a victim being scammed out of $10,000. The scammer made up a story about the victim owing taxes on land. 

Johnson advises those who receive these type of calls to not trick the scammer. He says some people try and meet the scammer.

This is a scam and a remember to not give any personal information to anyone over the phone.

"Either they are going to try and get your account number or try and get you to mail them some money," Johnson said. 

Some scammers often persuade the victim to load money on a cash card. The scammer then asks for the card's number in order to obtain the money.

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