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Seneca Sheriff warns of scams targeting locals

Sheriff Jack Stenberg wants citizens to be aware of several scams reported recently in Seneca County. These scams are perpetrated by internet and by phone. There are variations but the central theme is that the victim has won a large sum of money in another country’s sweepstake and must pay a tax or fee. The victim is instructed to wire the money via western union. The scams threaten arrest by the F.B.I. if the money is not wired immediately. The victims are told that an F.B.I. agent and local police will deliver the winnings to the victim’s door after payment is made.Sheriff Stenberg advises citizens not to engage these scam artists in conversation. They can be adept at extracting information from a victim and tricking them. E-mails and phone calls from these persons should not be responded to. The Sheriff also advises that the F.B.I. and local law enforcement are never involved with collecting or delivering sweepstake winnings or fees. These scammers will mention or use law enforcement logos on e-mails to try and legitimize their scam.

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