Churchill County Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam

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Updated: 7/17 11:36 pm
CHURCHILL COUNTY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Churchill County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to be aware of a phone scam.

According to Churchill County Sheriff Ben Trotter, someone is impersonating police officers asking for money. He said in the past two days, four cases have been reported where locals received a call from a male who claimed to be a Lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office. The man apparently told the victims to wire money on behalf of the Sheriff's Office.

Trotter said one victim was allegedly threatened that he would be arrested, if he did not deposit money, so the Sheriff's Office wants to inform residents that they do not fundraise. "There's just nothing that we would ever make a phone call to anybody to take money and so this is clearly a fraud and we are investigating, we're trying to find out who is making these calls and we will charge them if we find them."

Sheriff Trotter said no one has actually fallen for the scam, so far. He also said the Fallon Police Department is dealing with a similar situation.
 
If you are a victim, you are asked to report the fraud to police right away.
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