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Lorain Police warn residents of phone scam

Posted: Updated: July 22, 2014 07:43 PM
Lorain Police warn of a possible phone scam (MGN) Lorain Police warn of a possible phone scam (MGN)
LORAIN, OH (WOIO) -

The Lorain Police Department is warning residents of a possible phone scam using an automated phone calling system. 

Police said a victim had an incoming call from 911. The victim didn't answer and the caller left a voicemail. 

A man with a foreign accent claimed he was Officer Kevin Williams with the Ohio State Police Department. He said she had a warrant for her arrest and needed to call him back at (786) 224-1826. 

The victim returned the call and the man then said he was with the Lorain County Sheriff's Department. He said she needed to pay a debt or she would be arrested today. 

She was told to buy a Green Dot Money Pak prepaid card and give him the PIN number. The scammer also told her that if anyone asks what the money is for, she was to tell them it was for medication. 

This is a scam. Police advise that if you receive a call like this, to call them at the station's number. 

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