Franklin County Scam Alert

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The Franklin County Sheriff says there has been a sharp increase in scams over the past month.

The Sheriff’s Office says a person will receive a call telling them that they have child pornography on their computer and they need to pay a fine. There is a similar crime where someone will receive a call telling them they owe money on a debt, and if they don’t pay they will be arrested.

In both cases the victim is told to send the money via a money transfer service such as Paypal, Western Union, or by using a Wal-Mart money card.

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The Sheriff says that if any of the cases were true then it would involve a legal process and in person contact with police before a fee would be due.

The Sheriff’s Office says that if you asked to pay a fine by email or phone to contact police.