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Beware of scams

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

AREA -- Area law enforcement officials are warning southern Missouri residents of two scams that could damage or empty their pocketbooks.

Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward said a recent scam that uses fraudulent phone calls allegedly from a bank to tap into account holders' money is now using fraudulent e-mails.

"Regardless of the bank name, consumers are being warned not to divulge any personal or account information when solicited by telephone via a voice mail or through an e-mail alert that links to a look-a-like Web page," he said.

The sheriff said the e-mail scam showed up in the 417 area code about two weeks ago. He said the following weekend similar telephone voice mails began.

Ward said the e-mails resurfaced again last week.

Ward said another scam local residents need to be aware of is home repair scams.

He said residents around the county should use caution when entering into any kind of agreement for home repairs or yard work.

He said there has been reports of a group traveling through the area targeting the elderly to do home repairs for them.

According to Ward people will approach an elderly person about some work and after being at their home a short time, they charge the victim a large amount of money for little or no work being completed. He said some of the scams involved driveway, roofs and gutter repairs.

To report any scams of this type contact the Oregon County Sheriff's Office at 417-778-6611.



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