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Emergency officials warn of potential scam

Posted: November 17, 2011 - 12:41pm

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Columbia County emergency officials are warning about a potential scam after an elderly woman's telephone confrontation with a solicitor.

A 71-year-old Grovetown resident called Columbia County's 311 service this morning after receiving a call from someone who purported to be calling from "emergency management," said Columbia County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker.

The woman said caller ID showed the call information as "unavailable," and the caller said she was from "emergency management" and wanted to get the woman's "updated information."

When the woman asked how much it would cost, the caller shouted that it "was either her life or death," and again yelled when the woman chastised the caller for failing to give a "decent" answer.

The homeowner then hung up and alerted county officials.

Columbia County's emergency staffers are not making such calls or seeking information from residents, Tucker said. Anyone receiving a similar call should not give out any personal information, and should immediately notify the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

 

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