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Knott County officials urging the community to be cautious with new line of phone scams

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HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) – It’s a problem that will not seem to go away, people in Knott County are having issues with phone scammers.

For the past several months, phone scammers have been targeting the elderly, now using local numbers and Appalachian Wireless numbers.

“They can use that and strike up a conversation with you and let on like they know someone that you’re close to or whatever and then try to get you to open up and provide them with information,” Knott County Sheriff Dale Richardson said.

Richardson says they have achieved this through use of different programs that allow the scammer to change their number, the idea being if a potential victim sees a number they recognize, they are more likely to answer.

“I tell people a lot of times if they don’t recognize a number, don’t answer but if you do and you realize that it’s someone you don’t know, and they are fishing for your information, just hang up.”

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