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Blair Sheriff's Office Warns of Phone Scam


Last updated 12/2/2020 at 3:40pm

The Blair County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of residents receiving phone calls from a male caller identifying himself as “Sergeant Lee Benton.”

This actor is claiming that “jury duty or witness” appearance has been missed or that “federal paperwork was misrepresented” by the resident, resulting in an arrest warrant being generated for the recipient. A number is then left for them to call back on if he does not make contact. Once the victim makes contact with “Sergeant Benton” he then gives instructions on how to handle the warrant.

The actor, “Benton,” has gone as far as to call the victim at their place of employment to attempt to further this scam. The actor also gives a case number and the victim’s personal information (making it seem legitimate) over the phone.

The actor is advising the victim to travel to the court house immediately while remaining on the phone with him to ensure the victims compliance. Unfortunately, the actor is using a smart phone application that disguises the actor’s number to show as if the Blair County Sheriff’s Office phone number is calling.


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