Attorney General warns of scam calls coming from phony 911

Attorney General warns of scam calls coming from phony 911

(Toledo News Now) - The Ohio Attorney General's Office is warning residents about scammers posing as 911 dispatchers and telling them to call the Attorney General's Office to avoid arrest.

Attorney General Mike DeWine's office has received approximately 20 reports of the scam this year, most within the last month.

The scam begins when consumers receive a phone call that displays “911” on their caller ID. When they answer, they're told that a warrant has been issued for their arrest or that a lawsuit will be filed against them unless they contact the Attorney General's Office using a number provided by the caller.

But those calls aren't coming from the attorney general or from 911 dispatchers.

“When we call back, it does not show ‘911,' it will show zeros or an administrative number,” explained Denis Cole from Lucas County Emergency Services.

If you suspect a scam, you should contact the

and provide as much information as possible.

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