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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Warning: Scammers are back in Campbell County

Scammers in Campbell County are at it again.

Campbell County Sheriff, Mike Jansen, said his office has received multiple calls from concerned residents saying they have received phone calls from people claiming they are the Sheriff's Office in order to scam them out of their money.

This time the scammers are involving property tax as the bait.

"The latest scam involves the caller using our Sheriff’s Office main address of 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, KY 41071 as a place to meet and pay to resolve the issue," he said.

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Jansen said that in the conversation the scammers have managed to convince the person to acquire a gift card at Kroger or Walmart.  Once the card is activated and the number is given to the scammer, the money is gone and there is little that can be done about it at that point.

Jansen said that this is a big red flag that it is not real.

"The scammers often use a caller ID masking tool so that the call looks like it is from a local exchange.  They can even fake our number.  If ever in doubt, call our office at 859-292-3833," he said.

Jansen said Sheriff’s Office does not call anyone via telephone to tell them that they need to send money to rectify any form of tax bill, warrant or other paper service and that they always attempt to make in-person contact.

"If we can’t reach you, we will leave a door hanger with contact information." he said.

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