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Possible Phone Scam

DATE & TIME: 10-24-2019 @ 16:21

LOCATION: Western Gage County

OFFENSE: Possible Phone Scam

CASE #: 2019-5616

A resident of rural western Gage County spoke with Southeast Communications dispatcher and a Gage County Sheriff’s Office investigator about a possible scam phone call she had received soliciting a newspaper subscription. She states a male caller advised her she could get the Beatrice Daily Sun for $3.57 a week, if she paid online with her credit card. He then stated for only a little bit more, she could get the Sunday edition of the Beatrice Daily Sun delivered to her home. After she told him the Beatrice Daily Sun did not have a Sunday edition, he hung up.

The investigator spoke with the publisher of the Beatrice Daily Sun to obtain more details. Although the newspaper did have a marketing company that made phone calls, the calls were the previous weekend and for the upcoming weekend, but were not currently being actively solicited. The publisher stated he would personally call the victim regarding this matter, even though she did not lose any money.

The Gage County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to use caution when providing personal, financial, or confidential information to unknown persons, via phone call, mail, online, or in person. As suggested by the Beatrice Daily Sun publisher, never hesitate to call the newspaper or other local business or stop in to verify the situation.

If you have been scammed, report the incident to your local police department or call the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with an investigator.

Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson #903

Investigator T. Hanson #90310