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Latest Phone Scam Plaguing Bay County Involves Winning Lotto, Grant

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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.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.