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Umatilla County sheriff probes possible scam

Umatilla County sheriff's officials are warning residents about a potential scam involving early property tax payments.

A resident reported receiving a call Wednesday and being told that because they paid their property taxes early and in full they qualified for a grant from the government worth up to $7,000, officials said.

The caller gave the homeowner a phone number to call and a code to start the qualification process.

A sheriff's detective has been assigned to investigate the alleged grant opportunity, but officials say it appears to be another scam preying on unsuspecting citizens.

Officials say anyone who received a similar call should report it to the sheriff's office or their local police agency.

Residents are also reminded to never provide personal information to anyone they don't know and, heed the warning that if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

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