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Eldorado Police warn of a new phone scam

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ELDORADO -- Authorities in Eldorado are alerting the public to what they call "a new phone scam" after scammers used an Eldorado businesses' phone number to call clients to ask for personal information.

Authorities say the scammers pretend to represent the business to lure people into giving up credit card information, checking account numbers and and social security numbers. Unfortunately, some people still give that information out, without realizing it's a scam.

Lily Grisham has sold insurance in Eldorado since 1985 and rarely calls clients for personal information.

"The only time that I use anybody's credit card is if they call call me to make a payment over the phone," says Grisham. 

So she was surprised the learn someone had used her business name to call clients.

"It really upset me because I'm thinking about all the people out there and she may be the only one that got the call. I don't know," says Grisham. 

Grisham says a woman called one of her clients a client, who became suspicious, so the client called the business back.

"She said, 'Well, this phone number came up on my phone with Grisham and Associates across the top and your phone number, and they were wanting personal information about a credit card account,'" explained Grisham. 

Grisham says she immediately reported the call to Eldorado Police. 

"I don't care who it is, don't give any information out over the phone. If you don't contact them, then you can't say that it's a legit phone call coming in," says Police Chief Shannon Deuel. 

Chief Deuel believes it's better to err on the side of safety. He says he's gotten other reports about calls claiming to come from from the IRS, threatening jail time if people don't pay up.

"I promise you the federal government is not going to contact you over the phone in reference to any criminal activity," says Deuel.

Grisham hopes more people listen to Deuel's advise.

"I just don't want someone else to be giving out information to someone thinking it's me," adds Grisham.

Deuel says local departments prosecute very few cases like these, Because a lot of the phone scams happen overseas, making it hard to track down the culprit.

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