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Phone scams becoming more common

Stryde Jones Stryde Jones
LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) -

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office wants residents to watch out for phone scams.
 
​Over the weekend, the sheriff's office was alerted about a scam where some Lowndes County residents had received calls claiming they failed to show up for jury duty and would go to jail if they didn't pay money.

The sheriff's office says phone scams are becoming increasingly common.
 
 
"Telephone scams are becoming more and more prevalent, and a lot it's based on the ease of it being conducted along with the ability to remain anonymous," explained Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Stryde Jones. "There's so many ways out there now that you can keep your anonymity just that."

Jones added that it is often difficult to track down the scammers because many of the scamming phone calls originate from overseas. 

To report a potential scam, call your local law enforcement agency.

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