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Harrison county Officials warning public to be alert of scam

HARRISON COUNTY (KLTV) -

Press release by Harrison County Sheriff's Office:

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office has received information regarding a new scam that is targeting local residents. The caller sounds very authoritative and ask for donations for the purchase of drug trained dogs since the local Sheriff’s Office and Police Department budgets are depleted and the purchase of the K-9’s from the public will help in the fight against drug trafficking. Law enforcement will not call you and ask the public for any donations.
 
Recently, the caller asked one “target” that they were soliciting funds for the money to replace an entire department’s K-9 unit since the dogs were all being retired due to their age. The irony is the caller had phoned an active officer’s wife and when she pressed the caller for more information, and asked specific questions about which department would be aided, the caller hung-up.
 
Harrison County Sheriff’s Office reminds the community that telephone solicitors are very persuasive and will continue to engage you in conversation, if you allow them. Do not fall into the trap of talking with them and simply hang up on them. The caller ID will indicate a telephone number from the United States, however, these types of callers are typically in the Caribbean and outside of the jurisdiction of the United States. If you voluntarily give them any money, you will most likely be unable to recover it.
 
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