Sheriff warns of phone scam

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a phone scam that has made it to the area.

Mason County Sheriff Patrick Boggs said he has received some calls in the last three days about people calling landlines of elderly residents homes and trying to solicit money from them.

“They call and claim to be the grandson or granddaughter of the person answering,” he said. “They’ll say they’ve been in an accident and need some money wired to them.”

According to Boggs, the caller will usually not give the name of the grandchild.

Boggs said residents should be weary of any such phone call and never send money.

“Question everything,” he said. “Even if it’s family — they’ll understand. If the phone call seems automated, start asking questions a machine would not be able to answer, if you’re unsure of the person calling, hang up.”

Boggs said to never give out personal information over the phone, do not send iTunes or other gift cards and never wire money.

“This particular scam seems to be new to our area, but we’ve had other types,” he said. “Just always question who you are talking to. If you don’t recognize the number, you don’t have to answer. You won’t get in trouble for hanging up on someone or just not answering their call.”

Christy Howell-Hoots

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