Geauga County sheriff warns of several telephone scams going around

CHARDON, Ohio - The Geauga County Sheriff's Office is warning people to beware of several telephone scams that are going around northeast Ohio.

In one of the scams, a male voice is calling residents claiming to be an investigator and telling the homeowner they could be in trouble with the "county Sheriff's office." The caller then asks for your social security number, complete name and other personal information.

The sheriff's office says this is a scam and no one from the office is calling residents. They also remind people to never give any personal information or a social security number over the phone.

Some of the other scams that have been recently reported to the Geauga County Sheriff's Office include getting a call from someone claiming to be a family member and asking for bail money. Another scam police are seeing is a company or sweepstakes calling residents to say they just won a prize or sending residents a letter saying they won a prize, especially for something you never entered. All are scams.

If you have further questions, call the Geauga County Sheriff's Office dispatch center at 440-286-1234.

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