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Monroe County sheriff warns of rising phone caller scams

Warning, if you get a call on your landline or cell claiming you owe money to the government, it's might be a hoax.

Posted: Aug 16, 2018 9:50 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2018 9:01 AM

MONROE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Warning, if you get a call on your land line or cell claiming you owe money to the government, it might be a hoax.

"The sheriff's department is not calling you about old fines," said Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell. "Or that you've missed court and that you have a warrant for your arrest."

Authorities say callers are asking people to purchase green dot cards at Walmart to send.

"I think it's horrible, I think people will try to get a quick buck any way they can," commented resident Masha Laney.

WTVA spoke to one woman who says she got a fake call back in May.

"They wanted, you know, money and I just told them I didn’t owe any money to anyone," said Shelia Young.

Young says that call was from an out-of-state number.

Cantrell says several fake callers actually use local numbers even if they don't live nearby. Cantrell even got a call from a scammer himself.  

"I played along with them right up until the point of meeting them," the sheriff said. "They figured out it was someone in law enforcement."

"It's terrible that people get scammed like that out of their hard-earned money," said Young. "Just don't fall for that.

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