Phone scam prompts warning from sheriff

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scamAnother phone scam has prompted a warning from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

The office said Thursday it received information from a local citizen of a reported receiving a call and message from the phone number 660-646-0520 showing up on the caller identification. Sheriff Steve Cox said that phone number happens to be the fax line for the sheriff’s office.

“Instructions were left in the message to call back a toll free number beginning with 844 and even gave an extension number. The citizen subsequently returned the call and felt this was a complete scam and attempt to obtain money from them,” Cox said.

Sheriff Cox said he then tried to call and speak with the same representative and was told that man is out of the office for the day.

“The person who did speak with the sheriff was being vague and claimed to be with a legitimate company in Erie Pennsylvania,” Cox said. “That spokesman would not provide much additional information and had no response when told about our office number showing up on our citizen’s caller id.”

Cox said if you are out money from a scam or learn your identity was stolen you should report it to your nearest law enforcement agency immediately.