Date: October 6, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 981-2375 Pager

Polk County Sheriff's Office citizens of Telephone Scan	

Polk County Sheriff's Office Fraud Unit Detectives are warning residents to be alert to a phone scam in which a caller says that he/she has been stopped by police and/or is in jail and is trying to get in touch with  family. The caller then requests that the resident press a certain combination of numbers to forward the call to his/her family.

Residents are warned that dialing certain number combinations can give the caller access to your phone line, enabling the caller to implement a call-forwarding option to another phone number --thus billing calls to your home phone number! Do not do this for any unknown caller.


Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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