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Tishomingo County sheriff issues scam warning to public

The Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of phone and social media scams.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 11:55 AM

IUKA, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of phone and social media scams.

Several reports have been made to the sheriff’s office that someone is soliciting money over the phone and on social media.

Sheriff John Daugherty says the scammers pose as "friends" on Facebook to ask the victims for money.

Another technique the scammers use is cellphone spoofing.

Spoofing is when a caller disguises his or her caller ID, often as a local phone number, in order to trick recipients into answering the phone call.

The sheriff says some of these phone calls are robocalls or pre-recorded calls.

"The easiest way to deal with them at this time is to simply hang up," he said.

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