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Henderson Co. deputies warn of possible new phone scam

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Henderson County deputies are warning residents of a possible new telephone scam that was reported on Wednesday.

Deputies said an Etowah business owner received a call from someone claiming to be a salesman with Triple A Marketing who was selling ad space in a local restaurant’s menu.

After making a transaction, deputies said the business owner researched the marketing company and discovered their poor ratings online, canceled payment and contacted the sheriff’s office.

“The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens and business owners to do their research before giving money to soliciting advertisers,” stated Allison Nock, Community Relations Media Specialist for the sheriff’s office, in an e-mail.

Knock advises anyone who is approached about purchasing advertising, or any other product or service over the phone, to take the following steps to decrease the chances of becoming victimized by a scam:

  • Research the company’s ratings and reviews online
  • Check for business accreditation with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org)
  • Utilize scam prevention techniques like those suggested by the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov)

If you have been the victim of a scam in Henderson County, Knock said you should contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4596. People can also call to report potential scams or ask if a company has a record of fraudulent activity.

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