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Phone scam reported

Phone scam reported

The Messenger 06.20.12

Obion Police Chief Royce Aker informed The Messenger early today there is a new phone scam being conducted in his town that has targeted at least three residents.
Aker said he was contacted by one victim of the scam who told him she was contacted Tuesday and was told her grandson had run over a light pole located on federal property and it would cost her $1,900 to settle the matter. She sent the money to an address in Peru, only to be contacted a second time and told her grandson was facing at least three weeks in jail and she needed to send $8,000. The $8,000 figure was negotiated down to $2,000, but by then the victim suspected a scam was involved and didn’t send in any money, according to Aker.
He spoke by phone to the caller, but was hung up on after he identified himself as a law enforcement officer.
Aker said since working with that victim, he has since learned two other Obion residents have also been approached in the past 48 hours by the same scam artist using a similar story.
Aker warned residents to be wary of such scams and to contact their local law enforcement agency if they suspect anything suspicious.
The telephone number for the Obion Police Department is 536-6244.

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