Latest Phone Scam Plaguing Bay County Involves Winning Lotto, Grant

Sep 12, 2016

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The Bay County Sheriff’s office is warning residents about a rampant phone scam.

Bay County Sheriff’s deputies say they want the public to know never to give out your account number or similar information over the phone.

Authorities have received numerous complaints that someone is calling area residents, claiming to represent a business or government agency.

The victim is then told they either won a lottery or a grant. But, to receive that money, the victim must first pay fees or taxes first through a purchased prepaid card and relay sensitive information to the scammer.

Sheriffs officials say the prepaid cards make it hard for law enforcement to find the scammer because they’re hard to trace.

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