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Troup County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Phone Scams

Jared Boggs

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On Monday, the Troup County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook to warn residents of an increase in phone scams. The scams, the Sheriff’s Office warned, work by using “different ‘local numbers’” in an attempt to steal personal information, such as social security numbers and financial information.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, scammers state that one’s social security information has been compromised.

“Then they will ask you to verify who they have called in hopes of scamming you for stealing your ID or financial information,” the Sheriff’s Office warned. “Please do not talk to these people and never give out your personal information to those you do not know.”

Phone scams recently slowed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A view of comments on the Sheriff’s Office post, however, reveals that many Troup County residents are now experiencing an uptick in calls, with one user reporting as many as six spam calls per day.

Residents who receive such calls are advised to not converse with spammers or share any personal or identifying information.

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