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Stoddard County residents warned of phone scam

Thursday, October 14, 2004

BLOOMFIELD -- Several Stoddard County residents have been victims to a recent phone scam.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department, residents received call from an organization identifying themselves as "Government Grant Information Guide."

The caller explains that the government is refunding $1.3 trillion in taxes and ask three questions, one being if the victim filed taxes last year. If the victim answers, "yes," to these questions the caller tells them that they are eligible for an $8,000 to $25,000 refund and will ask that the victim supply them with their personal information, including bank name, account number and routing number.

The caller goes on to assure the victim that they are federally insured and will give the names of local banks as references. The caller will block the number from which they are calling but supply the victim with an 800 number that they claim is customer service; the number is actually a residential phone number with no ties to the scam.

Stoddard County Sheriff's Department reminds the public to never give any banking or personal information to anyone that calls for any reason, unless they are familiar with the company and have a legitimate need for that type of information.

Anyone who receives a similar call to this are encouraged to contact Detective Hank Trout with the sheriff's department at (573) 568-4654.