Sheriff warns of phone scams in Adams

Damon Huff - [email protected]

WEST UNION, Ohio – The Adams County Sheriff’ is warning residents of a few scam phone calls that have been reported recently.

In one of the calls, the Sheriff said, the caller will claim to be with the U.S. Marshals. They will tell the recipient of the call that there are bench warrants for their arrest. The recipient will then be instructed to meet with the caller with a large sum of cash.

“This is a scam,” the Sheriff said in a social media post. “You should never be contacted over the phone concerning a warrant. Never give out your personal information over the phone unless you are 100 percent sure of who you are speaking with.”

In another call, the caller claims to be with Publisher’s Clearing House and tries to get victims to give personal information and/or send money for taxes on a prize.

“The caller says he is in Hillsboro and gives a badge number,” the Sheriff’s office posted. “Please do not give any information unless you know exactly who you are speaking with!”

The Federal Trade Commission said there are a few red flag lines to look out for in order to help the public spot telemarketing scams.

— “You trust me, right?

— “You’ve won one of five fabulous prizes!”

— You’ve won big money in a foreign lottery!”

The FTC said when an individual receives a call from a telemarketer, they need to ask a few questions:

— Who’s calling…and why?

— What’s the hurry?

— If it’s free, why are they asking me to pay?

— Why am I “confirming” my account information or giving it out?

— What time is it? (Telemarketers can only legally call between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.)

— Do I want more calls like this one? (Phone numbers can be added to the National Do Not Call Registry.)

“If you get a call from someone you don’t know who is trying to sell you something you hadn’t planned to buy, say “No thanks,” the FTC’s website states. “And, if they pressure you about giving up personal information — like your credit card or Social Security number — it’s likely a scam. Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

Damon Huff

[email protected]