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Washington Co. Deputies warn public about increase in phone scams

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The Washington County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about an increase in phone scams in the Portland Metro area.

According to WCSO, they have received many reports from people who said that callers would claim to be members of a police department, sheriff's department, federal agency or Portland General Electric, and say the person has a warrant, missed jury duty, unpaid taxes or unpaid utility bill.

The scammers will ask for a payoff to avoid arrest. The scammer suggests the victim get a Green Dot prepaid card or other prepaid card to pay off the fine or bill. Once the victim has the card, the scammer will arrange a place to meet to get the card. Prior to the meeting, the scammer will call the victim back and ask for the "secret" number on the back of the card to confirm funds. Once the number is given, the funds are taken and are unable to be retrieved.

WCSO said law enforcement agencies never call demanding money, and would like to remind the public to never send money in any form to someone you don't personally know.

Investigators are asking for the public's help regarding the phone scam and ones similar to it. If you have any information, or have recently received a phone call that seemed suspicious, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office (503) 629-0111.

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