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Phone scams targeting people in the Tri-States

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Authorities are warning of two phone scams targeting people in the Tri-States.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office says you might get a call saying you've won money or a prize package.

But before they can send it, they need you to wire money to cover taxes or other fees.

Another scam involves a person who claims to be a family member who has been in some sort of accident or has been arrested.

The caller, again, asks you to send money immediately.

Sheriff Brent Fischer says these scams tend to prey on the elderly and are very convincing.

"They are going to be very pushy, very persuasive to you. They're going to try to corner you and it's not like hey can I call you back, no they're going to try to keep you on the line. They're going to keep giving you a sales pitch and be very, kind of, pushy with you," says Sheriff Fischer.

If you want to verify the legitimacy of a call, contact your local sheriff's office.

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