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Crime/Courts

February 18, 2013

Cleveland County sheriff warns of scam

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn citizens of a scam that is targeting the county.

Earlier this week, a woman received a phone call from a man in Virginia claiming to be a relative. The caller said that he was in jail and needed bail money.

Sometime later, the woman received a call from another individual who requested money to cover the relative’s legal expenses. The woman was able to verify that her relative was not in Virginia or jail.

Sheriff Joe Lester urges anyone who may receive a similar call to disconnect. If you believe you might be a victim of this scam, notify law enforcement immediately.

“I don’t want any citizen to fall prey to this scam,” Lester said. “If you get one of these calls, please hang up and don’t send any money.”

Lester said should anyone suspect that their relative is in jail, they may call the detention facility, where an employee can look up the inmate’s name and status.

Additional information can be found on these websites on how to avoid potential scams:

· www.oag.state.ok.us/

· www.usa.gov/topics/consumer/scams-fraud.shtml

· www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams

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