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New con job scams ten in Dougherty County

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November 10, 2003

Albany -- There's a new scam out there. Dougherty County Sheriff's investigators are working ten cases where people have given their bank account numbers over the phone and been ripped off.

They're falling for a scam in which the caller tells them they've won the Canadian Lottery and he needs their account number so the big winnings can be deposited.

 Lt. Craig Dodd of the Dougherty Co. Sheriff's Dept. said "It's not dumb. People are very trusting. They know older people tend to be more trusting than younger people. In their generation and time there were scam artists, but it was very uncommon. Now it's an everyday occurrence."

Lt. Dodd says most of these con artists are not even in this country when they call. They turn the case information over to the Secret Service.

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