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Erie Man Falls Victim To Telephone Scam

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More on a story we first brought you Tuesday.
Erie police say a city resident has fallen victim to a telephone scam, costing him thousands of dollars.

Tuesday, Erie county sheriffs sent out a warning about a scam where a company called Legal Recovery Services are calling people saying there's a warrant out for their arrest because of an outstanding debt.
They tell the person that if they don't pay up, they'll be arrested.
One local resident fell victim to a scam like this, to the tune of more than $4,000 dollars.

Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers says the scam artists are getting more brazen.
A city resident got a call from a person who identified himself as Chief Randy Bowers.
Threatening the victim with arrest, that caller said he needed to send them $4,200 in a pre-paid credit card, and gave him a number to call back.
When the victim called back, the scammer answered "Erie police station," which further led the victim to believe it was all legitimate.

But the real Chief Randy Bowers says Erie police, sheriffs, the IRS, will never contact you via telephone to collect a debt or threaten you.

"Nobody from the Erie police department, or the sheriffs department would ever call and threaten arrest over the phone unless you pay a certain amount of money, nobody would ever do that legitimately," said Chief Bowers.

Police say if you can get a number, do so, and forward it to police.
The sheriff's department has a deputy investigating this scam, and all the calls that they're receiving.

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