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Sheriff’s Officials Warn Community of a Recent Increase in Phone Scams

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The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Hesperia Station is alerting residents that there are numerous scams going around at this time attempting to scam people out of money. These scams, according to authorities come in many different forms, but most have similarities.

Scam artists are using stories or recent events in order to tug at the heartstrings or put fear in the potential victim. Some are using government agencies, such as the IRS, or law enforcement. The commonalities were found in the collection process, most have requested payment through Green Dot Cards, iTune Cards, Western Union, Money Gram or other wire transfers.

Government agencies including law enforcement will not ask for these forms of payment or use these tactics.
“Members of law enforcement agencies do not accept payment for outstanding warrants and do not enforce delinquencies for other government agencies, such as the IRS,” officials said in the news release.

Those in the community are reminded to never give out personal information or wire any money. If you have any questions or believe that you may be a victim you should call your local authorities.

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