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Patch.com - Mar 08, 2017
ASHBURN, VA — So a resident in the 20000 block of Pleasant Terrace gets a phone call late last week. The caller identifies himself as "Rick from Microsoft," according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. "Rick" says the software on the resident's computer is out of date and needs to be replaced. To do so, the resident is told to purchase iTunes gift cards and provide the codes to "Rick."
WDTV - Mar 05, 2017
The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a telephone scam involving a fraudulent caller contacting members of the public and alleging they, or their family members, have an active federal arrest warrant and demanding payment of fines.
WCTV - Mar 03, 2017
The Chamber of Commerce is warning residents about a phone scam that involves someone making calls and pretending to be from the Chamber. Someone calling from the phone number (850)-729-1029 asks businesses to provide personal information, and then hangs up once they are questioned about their identity.
10TV - Mar 02, 2017
The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public about two phone scams hitting people across the country. The first scam claims there is an active arrest warrant for you or someone in your family. Victims are told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine by electronic fund transfer or cashier’s check.
WLS - Mar 01, 2017
Phone scammers are calling residents in northwest suburban McHenry County to falsely inform them of arrest warrants against them. During the scam, the caller will identify himself as a police officer from the sheriff’s department and claim that the person has an arrest warrant that was issued for failing to appear for jury duty, according to a statement from the McHenry County sheriff’s office.
News On 6 - Feb 28, 2017
The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office issued a phone scam alert Tuesday after being contacted by multiple citizens who've received phone calls from someone claiming to be with the TCSO. Citizens have received calls in the past two weeks from someone claiming to be "Lt. Vance Berry of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office" and tells victims they have warrants and must send money to him to avoid being arrested, the sheriff's office wrote in a news release.
WAVY-TV - Feb 27, 2017
Newport News police are warning residents of a phone scam that was reported last week. Police said in Facebook post Monday that three people have reported receiving phone calls from the Police Information Desk number at 757-928-4100. The calls were reported to police Friday, Feb. 24.
KXAN.com - Feb 24, 2017
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The phone rings and panic ensues as the caller says they are with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and need immediate payments of unpaid taxes.
WJON News - Feb 24, 2017
Another phone scam has been circulating around Stearns County. Sheriff John Sanner says the sheriff’s office has received multiple reports about a phone scam where the suspects say the resident needs to bail their grandchild out of jail and to do so they must pay the bail in Walmart gift cards. Read More: Sheriff's Office Warns of Walmart Gift Card Phone Scam | /
WSYM-TV - Feb 23, 2017
Another utility company is warning customers about a phone scam. The Lansing Board of Water and Light says its received several reports from people who got a call saying they'd lose their service if they didn't pay up over the phone with a pre-paid debit card, a credit car or wire transfer.