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Deputies: Multiple phone scams being reported in Polk County

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TRYON, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to be cautious of several phone scams that have been reported in the area in recent weeks.

Deputies said people are receiving calls from what appear to be local numbers, and when they return the calls, they discover that the true holder of the phone numbers did not make the call.

“What is actually happening is called ‘spoofing,’” deputies stated in an online alert. “The persons calling are able to hide their actual phone number and replace with a local number in the area they are calling.”

Deputies ask that people remain vigilant against possible phone scams and follow these guidelines for dealing with questionable phone calls:

  • Please do not give out information concerning bank information or personal identification to callers.
  • In the event you feel the need to send money or wire money, take the time to verify the receiver to eliminate becoming a victim of a scam.
  • In an effort to increase awareness to this continuing growing problem, we encourage citizens to share with neighbors and friends the types of calls they are receiving involving scams.

The following are types of scams being reported in Polk County.

  • “Ransom ware” - opening an email that encrypts your files, unless you pay to have it removed.
  • “Tax scams” – calls stating that the IRS is filing law suit against you.
  • “Car warranty expired” – calls telling you that your warranty has expired and you need to purchase extended warranty.
  • “Lottery scams” – email or calls reporting you have won a prize and need to pay fee to collect prize.
  • “Fake checks” – sellers are receiving fake checks and discovering after cashing that the checks were fake.

Anyone wishing to report a scam can contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 828-894-3001.

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