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Elkhorn woman victim of trending phone scam

Posted: 7:34 AM, Dec 11, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-11 13:34:21Z

An Elkhorn woman received an alarming voicemail as part of a new criminal phone scam, according to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Angela Dewoofe was at work Friday afternoon, when she messed a call from a number from South Carolina. She was unable to answer the call, but the caller left a voice message, warning her that was wanted by police.

The automated-voice message said: “You will be taken into custody by local cops as there are four serious allegations pressed on your name at this moment.”

“They told me I had to call back within 24 hours. I thought right away, I’ve never been to South Carolina, nor do I know anyone in South Carolina,” said Dewoofe.

Dewoofe immediately called the DCSO, who told her it was a criminal phone scam to scare people into giving up their personal information and eventually steal your money.

Chief Deputy Tom Wheeler says potential scam victims should never call those callers back, and shouldn’t share any personal information. People should always contact local police to report a potential scam.