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Press Release-September 25--SCAM ACTIVITY

                                    

                                                  PRESS RELEASE

                                      09-25-2018

 

The Grafton County Sheriff’s Department has been made aware of a very concerning scam involving a fraudulent caller who claims he is a Sergeant or a Deputy with the Grafton County Sheriffs Department.  This scammer threatens community members and demands money or personal information.   According to reports, the caller will state that this individual missed jury duty or some sort of civil or criminal obligation.  In some instances,  it appears that the scammer claims the party is able to resolve the matter by sending money orders or pre-paid credit cards. In other instances, the scammer will require a person to actually meet at the Grafton County Sheriff’s Campus to resolve the matter.

Community members should know that this scam has been reported several times throughout Grafton County.   Scammers often use fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they are someone local or someone you trust – like a government agency or police department, or a company you do business with – like your bank or cable provider. The practice is called caller ID spoofing and scammers don’t care whose phone number they use.

One of the numbers being used by the scammer is 603-787-2111 this is a legitimate Sheriff Department phone number.   Then the scammers will ask you to call 603-259-4590, this number is not associated with the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department.

Anytime that a person receives a call and is asked in any way to send money you should immediately be suspicious and do not send any money.

 Please call the Grafton County Sheriff’s at 603-787-2111 (call 911 if it is an emergency) if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Authorized by:

Sheriff Douglas R. Dutile

 




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