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Sheriff warns of phone scam in Marengo County

Residents of Marengo County should beware of a scam that is currently targeting “anybody with a phone,” according to Marengo County Sherriff Richard Bates. The scam consists of an individual being called and ordered to pay a fine for missing jury duty. The caller may identify himself as Lt. Daniels.

Those being targeted may be asked to send a MoneyGram or give their personal information over the phone.

“Do not send any money,” Bates said. He also warns against giving out credit card information, dates of birth and social security numbers.

Bates emphasizes extra caution because “they’re going to sound legitimate” and there is currently no way to trace the callers.

He also said that individuals can call the Marengo County Sheriff’s Department “24/7, 365 days a year” to report that they were targeted for the scam or to verify any information they received over the phone. Individuals can do a reverse phone search of the number to see if it comes from the Marengo County area or not.

(This article originally appeared in the Saturday, Oct. 14, print edition of the Demopolis Times.)