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Sheriff warns of ‘fraud department’ scam

Published 4:36pm Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is warning local residents about a phone scam in which the caller is demanding immediate payment of an unpaid claim via credit card.

Sheriff Ana Franklin said in a press release that an area teacher reported to the Morgan County Sheriff’s criminal investigation division that a woman named “Esther Williams” of the Morgan County fraud department called and offered to settle a $2,200 claim for $550 split over several payments.

The caller used the complainant’s name, social security number and bank name. The complainant was transferred to two other people named “Phillip Love” and a “Ms. Smith.”

According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, these individuals wanted immediate payment by credit card or “they would see her in court.” The complainant had no outstanding, late or unpaid debts.

Fortunately, the intended victim did not provide that information.

“There is no Morgan County fraud department,” said Sheriff Ana Franklin in a statement. “No representative of the sheriff’s office will ever contact an individual by phone demanding payment by credit card immediately.”

Caller ID showed the incoming call came from 866-534-9600. A quick Google search shows that number associated with this particular scam all over the country.

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