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Mahoning County Sheriff warns of phone scam

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

The Mahoning County Sheriff is warning people of a telephone scam designed to cheat them out of money.

Sheriff Jerry Greene issued an advisory on Wednesday about an ongoing scam where a caller identifies himself as a ranking officer in the Sheriff's Department.

The caller, who is using the name of local deputies and referring to local county judges, tells the victim that they need to pay for an outstanding citation or warrant.

The messages are being left on answering machines, instructing the victims to return the call to an 877 number.

Green says his office has been inundated with complaints about the scam.

The sheriff reminds people to never give personal information such as financial or credit card information over the phone.

He adds that his department never solicits payments or any type of a fine or fee over the phone.

If you don't recognize the number on caller ID, Greene suggests that you don't answer the call, since most scammers use phones that can't be traced back to them.

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