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New scam claiming to be Midsouth bank

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(CBS News) - Sheriff William Earl Hilton wants to remind citizens aboutscams that are becoming prevalent in the recent days.

One scam involves a person calling and identifyingthemselves as a Federal Officer and telling the person they have an activewarrant.  They go on to tell the victim that if they pay over the phone bycredit card, the active federal warrant will be recalled.  They even tellthe victim they have an active warrant through a local agency as well.

Law Enforcement DOES NOT CONTACT PERSONS WITH WARRANTS ANDASK FOR PAYMENT OVER THE PHONE.  We do contact persons with warrants toget them to come in and either pay the outstanding fine or be arrested, but wenever ask for payment over the phone.

The other scam has even been attempted on several of ourdeputies recently.  The caller identifies themselves as a person with MIDSOUTH BANK or some other bank and they tell the victim that their card has beendeactivated and they need personal information to get the new cardactivated.  Please understand, these calls have not been limited to justone bank.

"We see these types of scams this time of year as citizensare getting tax returns.  Criminals try to capitalize on the victim's fearof being in trouble and they scam them out of their hard earned money. The only way we can help prevent folks from becoming a victim is to keep theminformed" said Sheriff Hilton.

Any contact from the federal government concerning a taxdebt will always be done through the U S Postal Service first.  They willgive you a number to call and YOU initiate the phone contact. 

Citizens with older family members need to let them knowabout these types of scams and it is ok for them to ask for help in confirmingthe validity of the call or offer.

If you ever believe you have been the victim of a financialcrime, contact the Law Enforcement agency that handles your jurisdiction. If you have any questions, you may call your local law enforcement. However, if you have not given any information or become a victim of a crime,there is not a lot we can do other than informing the public when we getinformation of these scams.

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