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Scam targets Altoona

Delaware officials warn of telephone scammer posing as constable

Sussex County, Delaware, officials are warning local residents of a telephone scam, after several individuals in the Altoona area were found to have been targeted.

According to a news release, the scammer claims to represent the Sussex County Constable’s office. The caller poses as a constable, tells the victim an arrest warrant has been issued and seeks money to cancel the warrant.

A similar scam occurred in June with a caller claiming to be a Kent County sheriff’s deputy, said Chip Guy, communications director for Sussex County.

Delaware officials said contact by the constable’s office and employees in other county departments will be made by mail or in person whenever notices of violations or other official county documents must be served to individuals.

Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of this scam should contact local law enforcement. In addition, individuals should avoid clicking on links or opening attachments to any message from unfamiliar sources.

Residents are urged not to give out sensitive or personal identifying information, such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, passwords, addresses or date of birth; do not give any money and do not agree to any terms or conditions, the news release states.

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