Officials with the Howard County Sheriff's Office say area residents should remain vigilant as they investigate reports of a possible phone scam where callers are identifying themselves as county employees.
According to Sheriff Stan Parker, the calls have come from a number identified as â€śprivateâ€ť by caller identification services.
â€śI have received information that a person identifying themselves as an employee of the Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office has been calling local residents,â€ť Parker said. â€śThe caller is stating they have found a wallet belonging to the person receiving the call and they need to get some information from them.
â€śIn each case, the call came from a 'private' number, and when the recipient of the call started asking questions about the caller, they (the caller) would hang up. In each reported instance no vital information was given out.â€ť
While it appears no one has yet fallen prey to these apparent scam artists, Parker said it's important to spread the word within the community and abroad so area residents â€” especially those isolated from the media and social networking circles â€” don't get drawn into these types of schemes.
â€śWe are just wanting the citizens to know that this is happening, and for everyone to be aware that this is or has been going on,â€ť Parker said. â€śIf you receive a call of this nature and are suspicious of the caller, please hang up and call the sheriffâ€™s office dispatch at 432-264-2244 or administration offices at 432-264-2231 to verify whether or not we are trying to actually contact you. Please do not give any personal information to anyone who you are unsure about.â€ť