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Sheriff's office falls victim to spoofing

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Dear Editor:

Beginning Friday, May 3, the Delta County Sheriff's Office began receiving hundreds of phone calls from all over the country including one gentleman sitting on the beach in Hawaii. The calls have continued coming in Monday. Everyone who called stated they received a call from the Delta County Sheriff's Office stating their Social Security number and benefits were compromised and asked them to confirm their SSN.

The sheriff's office phones rang nonstop Friday for approximately three hours while we attempted to notify people that they had been victim of a scam. This type of scam is called "spoofing" somehow a person can make it look like a legitimate business, in this case the Delta County Sheriff is calling requesting personal and financial information.

I can assure you the sheriff's office will never call and request personal or financial information over the phone. If you have experienced one of these calls and gave any information at all, I would suggest you contact your bank, credit card company, and the Social Security Administration to let them know you have been a victim of a phone scam. I would also ask anyone who has relatives or friends who are elderly to please contact them and instruct them not give any personal or financial information over the phone. The elderly are especially at risk due to their trusting nature.

Mark Taylor
Delta County Sheriff

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