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WKBN.com - Jan 19, 2017
HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Hubbard Police Department is warning residents of a phone scam targeting the city’s utility customers. Police said the scammer calls a City of Hubbard Utility customer, claiming to be a city employee. The caller says the customer didn’t pay a utility bill and asks to take the payment over the phone.
The Winchester Star - Jan 18, 2017
BERRYVILLE — The town Police Department wants residents to be aware of a telephone scam involving billing for the town’s Utilities Department.
KRON4.com - Jan 17, 2017
ALAMEDA COUNTY (KRON) — The 510 area code, known to represent major portions of the East Bay, will no longer be given out to residents living in the area. The public utilities commission expects that available numbers in the 510 area code will be exhausted in the near future–by June 2019.
Amarillo.com - Jan 13, 2017
The Potter County Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to be on the lookout for a phone scam that involves local residents being called and told there is an arrest warrant out for them for not showing up for jury duty. The number they are calling from is 806-223-2361, and has a voicemail saying they are from the Potter County Sheriff’s Office.
Greenburgh Daily Voice - Jan 11, 2017
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Irvington police are warning local businesses of a phone scam involving a faux Con Edison employee calling about a lack of payment. According to police, local businesses have recently received a call from someone falsely stating they are from the Con Edison billing department, and the owner’s electricity has been scheduled to be turned off due to a lack of payment.
KAIT - Jan 11, 2017
ST. LOUIS (KAIT) - A new warning is being posted regarding a telephone scam. According to the FBI St. Louis Division, the victim receives a call that tells them they have failed to report for jury duty. The caller then threatens the victim with criminal prosecution or even jail time.
Chicago Tribune - Jan 10, 2017
Arlington Heights police are warning residents to be wary of calls seeking money to bail loved ones out of jail after an elderly woman was taken for $4,000 last week in a so-called "grandkid scam." A scammer phoned the woman on Thursday, claiming to be her grandson, with another person saying her grandson needed money to get out of jail, according to Crime Prevention Officer Brandi Romag.
KSL.com - Jan 05, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY — State officials are warning consumers to beware of a telemarketing scam aimed at defrauding would-be solar energy users. The Utah Public Service Commission on Tuesday said it has received reports of a telemarketing scheme in which callers pretend to be from a state government agency.
Curbed Seattle - Jan 04, 2017
We’re running out of phone numbers. That’s a sign that we’re pulling in a lot of people. That’s also a sign that people have more than one phone number. Originally, one phone number reached several houses thanks to party lines. Then, the luxury of privacy, one number per house. Skip ahead and add several lines to the several people in a house, then start adding lines for the electronics. Hello, fax machine. Now, cell phones have been added, and some have multiples of them.
Pueblo West View - Dec 28, 2016
Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor is warning residents of a telephone scam where callers, representing themselves as sheriff’s deputies, are telling individuals they must pay outstanding warrants or they will be arrested.