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Scammers hijack Yancey County Sheriff's Office caller ID

Several Yancey County residents have reported getting phone calls from a number that matched that of the sheriff's office, and the caller wanted to verify credit card information. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Scammer are using a local law enforcement to get money.

Several Yancey County residents have reported getting phone calls from a number that matched that of the sheriff's office, and the caller wanted to verify credit card information.

About seven to 10 people, including the department's chief deputy, have reported getting the calls, which began Wednesday.

"I came back to the office and realized that several people had gotten a call from our number -- our local EMS, some auto part stores and the court house itself," Hilliard said.

On cell phones, the number showed up as that of the sheriff's office. On land lines, the word's Yancey County Sheriff's Office were displayed. The scammers were able to copy everything to a T.

However, some people noticed something was fishy, when a prerecorded message began to play. It said their credit card had been used and information was compromised. The recording asked card holders to repeat their card information for verification.

Sheriff Gary Banks said no one from his office will ever ask for such information.

"It's offensive. I would think that when someone gets a call from the Yancey County Sheriff's Office, they're going to know that this is a legitimate call and that we're calling for a business purpose," Banks said.

He says the only time a prerecorded message is used is to quickly notify residents about immediate threats or warnings in the area.

"If we've got any information that your personal information -- a credit card or your ID has been compromised -- we're going to come to you," Banks said. "We're not going to call you with an automated line and ask you to verify your credit card number or any of your personal information."

The sheriff said, if you receive a call, do not confirm any information, including credit card information, address or name. He recommends hanging up and notifying his office.

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