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New Phone Scams

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The Beaufort County Sheriff's office is warning of an increase in telephone scams. Two cases involved tactics deputies are very familiar with and a third added a new twist.

The first call came from a so-called computer repair technician who was telling the victim their computer had a virus and could be repaired remotely, for a fee of course. The easiest way to deal with such a call? Hang up.

The second case involved a scammer posing as a lawyer who told the victim a loved one had been arrested and that they should wire money right away to get the relative out of jail. These types of calls often target senior citizens in our communities. Again, never send the money. Hang up and alert the police.

Law enforcement is very familiar with those two types of calls. A third, which was reported recently, has added a new wrinkle. It's a text. It reads, "We need to talk. Please call Amanda." followed by a very lengthy international phone number. DO NOT call those types of numbers back. You will be billed at a premium rate which, more often than not, charges you hundreds of dollars. Money that's going straight into the scammer's pocket.

Bottom line? Don't respond to anything that you don't recognize.
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