Ohio Attorney General warns of 911 call scam

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 After about 20 reports from concerned Ohioans, Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning residents to be on the alert for scam phone calls.

A release from DeWine’s office says that the schemers call with a number that appears as “911” but then tell the person they have a warrant out for their arrest and they need to call another number to get it cleared up.

DeWine asks that residents should hang up and report the call immediately. His office also gave these tips:

– When in doubt, hang up or don’t answer a call.

– Don’t respond to suspicious calls. Even if the call prompts you dial a certain number to avoid arrest or to press a button to “opt out,” don’t do it. This could cause you to receive more calls, because it signals that yours is a legitimate phone number.

– Never provide money or personal information to someone who calls you unexpectedly and demands payment, even if it appears to be an emergency call or a call from the government.

– Don’t trust someone who says you have to pay off a debt by using a prepaid card or wire transfer. These are preferred payment methods for scam artists, because once the money is sent, it is difficult to trace or recover.

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