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August 11, 2010
Gary Davidson
Public Information Officer

SHERIFF’S OFFICE ISSUES PHONE SOLICITATION SCAM ALERT

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a community scam alert after a resident reported receiving an apparently fraudulent telephone solicitation from someone claiming to be a deputy. The intended victim, a 61-year-old Pierson man, told the Sheriff’s Office that he received a call on Tuesday from someone who identified himself as a Sheriff’s deputy and said he was collecting money to buy phone cards for military personnel going to Iraq. The caller even said he would send someone over to pick up the money. The caller, however, hung up after the intended victim asked for the address of one of the soldiers so that he could send them the money directly. The incident was reported to the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

The Sheriff’s Office doesn’t engage in telephone solicitations. Anyone who receives a phony solicitation or suspicious call should try to obtain the caller’s phone number through their caller ID and then contact law enforcement to report the incident. 

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