Sheriff warns of phone scam

Tri-City HeraldFebruary 28, 2014 

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about a phone scam.

The sheriff’s office recently received a call from someone saying they got a call from officials there, according to a news release. The caller said the sheriff’s officials were asking that he immediately pay the sheriff’s office $3,000 or his brother would be arrested.

The sheriff’s office would never make such a request, the release said. The phone scam is a variation on a scam that has been done across the country for years. It is meant to play on the emotions of elderly people. Scammers will often use social networking sites to find family members of potential victims.

The scams can be difficult to trace because the scammers often live outside the United States, the release said. They often ask victims to wire money through services like MoneyGram and Western Union because such transfers are difficult to trace.

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