The Logan County Sheriff’s Department would like to warn citizens of a phone scam in our area. The phone scam consists of unknown individuals calling citizens (mostly elderly) from a number with an 876 area code, and advising the citizen that they have won some type of sweep stakes or vehicle. The citizen will then be prompted to send money, via Western Union, to pay the taxes on their winnings before the winnings can be sent to them.
During the course of the scam, the victim may also receive a phone call from an unknown individual claiming to be a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The individual representing himself as a special agent will then request the victim’s personal information (social security number, date of birth and bank account number) and claim that he is prosecuting the scammers. The personal information will then be used to access the victim’s bank account.
In addition to the personal information, the special agent may also ask for a blank check with the victim’s signature and claim that the check is needed for a signature comparison, when in fact, the scammers will use the signature to forge the victim’s name.
While other area codes may be used, such as 187, 415, 614, 478 and 702, “876” has been reported recently on the internet as being an area code in Jamaica involved in scams. More information about the “876” area code scam can be found at the following websites or by contacting Detective Bibb with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department. “Scammers Lurk Behind Area Code 876”- http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-09-2012/beware-area-code-876-nh1788.html “Did you get a call from area code (876)?”-http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/did-you-get-call-area-code-876.