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New scam in Duchesne County includes threat on life of a family member
DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah — Deputies with the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a new scam to hit the area and are asking the public to be on the lookout.
According to a Facebook posting by the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office, the scam involves a caller who threatens to kill a family member unless a debit card number is turned over.
In this particular case, law enforcement personnel say a caller claimed to have a son. The caller made the father count out loud to ensure that he wasn’t talking to anyone else. The caller also had another individual screaming or crying in the background to make it more believable.
In this instance, deputies say the call came from a number in Mexico. However, they say the next call will likely come from another location.
Deputies say they are doing all they can to solve this case, and that includes reporting to the stop fraud website.
Deputies say the best course of action is to hang up. Then call your loved one to make sure they are OK.
Scams can be reported to the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office at 435-738-2015.
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