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Scam hitting Stone County
By Jody O'Hara
Mar 13, 2014, 09:35

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Those who want to get something for nothing are once again preying on residents of Stone County.
Scammers are calling local residents to inform them of one of several, "you've hit it rich," scenarios. Perhaps you have won a lottery you just don't remember playing. Or maybe you have finally been selected as a winner in the Publishers' Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.
Whatever the story, you're about to become unbelievably wealthy and all you have to do to claim your riches is go to Walmart, buy a green-dot card in the amount of, oh, say, $250 and send it to the caller to cover the cost of sending you your winnings.
Sound too good to be true?
"What we're finding in most cases is they're, 'spoofing,' the number from which they're calling," said Wiggins Police Department Investigator Roger Freeman.
"Spoofing," is a method which allows scammers to disguise the number which shows up on caller ID.
"There's no way to trace these people," Freeman said.
Freeman said the best way to avoid being scammed is to not allow the callers to continue talking and realize that if you actually won something, you wouldn't be required to pay money to get money.
"You can report it to the police," he said. "But the best thing to do is just cut them off on the phone."


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