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PHONE SCAMMERS USE BOGUS VOICEMAIL

Sheriff's Office Encourages Durham County Residents to #JustHangUp

Post Date:06/08/2017
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Contact: Tamara Gibbs
Senior Public Information Officer
Office: (919) 560-0826
Mobile: (919) 748-1475
pio@durhamsheriff.org

PHONE SCAMMERS USE BOGUS VOICEMAIL

Sheriff's Office Encourages Durham County Residents to #JustHangUp

Durham, N.C. – Phone scammers are using a professional voicemail recording to target Durham County residents. The Durham County Sheriff’s Office continues to urge residents to hang up and report the phone scam to local law enforcement.  The Agency is spreading the word on social media with the hashtag #justhangup. 

This week some residents received bogus phone calls from a person who identified themselves as Michael Berry with the Sheriff's Office. The scammer was calling from a local phone number identified as (919) 598-6464. When residents call the number, they hear a professional voicemail recording with fictitious departments and employee names.

View a video below with audio of the phone scam.

Because phone scammers often resurface under different names and phone numbers, Durham County residents should always  follow these simple steps if they receive a suspicious phone call seeking personal or financial information.

WHAT TO DO IF A PHONE SCAMMER CALLS YOU:

  • Make note of the caller's phone number. 
  • Avoid conversation and  hang up.
  • Contact the law enforcement agency in your jurisdiction.
  • Consider blocking the scammer's phone number to avoid future calls.

Anyone with information that could lead to an arrest should contact the Durham County Sheriff's Office at (919) 560-0900. The public can also submit anonymous tips at crimetip@durhamsheriff.org.

 

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