Monday, August 2, 2010

Jerks trying to rip you off

Posted By on Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Actually, grandpa, it isnt great news.
  • Actually, Grandpa, it isn't "great news."

Attention Seniors: Those F*%&&$s are at it again.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is warning the public that scammers targeting seniors are calling and telling locals that they've won a prize and need to send in $100 to secure it.

So, if you get a call like this, don't give them your hard-earned money.

Here are all the details:

TELEPHONE SCAM ALERT

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office wants to notify the community of a telephone scam currently circulating in the El Paso County area.

It has been brought to the attention of the Sheriff’s Office persons are fraudulently calling elderly residents in the community and pretending to be with The Publisher’s Clearing House. The caller is advising the resident they have won a prize and need to send $100.00 to an address via Western Union to claim their prize. In this instance, the resident declined the offer and told the caller they would not cooperate. The recipient then received a second call from a person who identified themselves as a Police Officer who attempted to talk the resident into sending money to claim their prize.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the community Law Enforcement Agencies will never call a citizen to ask them to send money to anyone. We also want the community to be aware of telephone scams and remember to never give out personal information, (to include bank account numbers or personal identifying information), to anyone over the telephone.

If you feel you have been a victim of this type of crime you are encouraged to contact the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 719-390-5555, or the local law enforcement agency in which you reside.

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