HARRISVILLE – A press release was recently issued by the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), advising that they have seen an increase in phone scams over the past couple weeks. They note that these calls are often targeted at senior citizens, but can also be used to victimize all citizens, regardless of age.

According to the ACSO, the most common scams are:

The caller will notify the victim that they have won the sweepstakes or Publishers Clearing House; however, they must pay a tax before they can receive their winnings. Often, the victim will be asked to pay in gift cards.

The ACSO warns that the caller on the phone can be very convincing. And sometimes there is a slow prep to this scam, where the victim will receive notices in the mail.

Citizens should never send money to an unknown source, especially to be able to…

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