'Sheriff's fund-raiser' telephone scam exposed

September 06, 1992|By Mike Farabaugh

After receiving more than a dozen complaints about telephone solicitors offering airline tickets to prize-winners, the Sheriff's Office and Deputies Union Local 838 are warning Harford County residents to beware.

Con artists are telephoning participants in this year's deputies union fund-raiser.

The person answering is told he or she is a grand-prize winner in a drawing sponsored by the Sheriff's Office and Deputies Union Local 838.

The caller advises that a package from JSI Travel in Florida will be delivered, providing the winner with two airplane tickets to one of five destinations.

In return, the individual called is asked to provide the courier with a money order or certified check for $129.

"The deputies union is not collecting any funds at this time," said Dfc. DeWayne Curry, public information officer for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

"When we do have a fund-raiser, we let people know about it before we begin collecting money."

Mr. Curry said he did not believe anyone had handed over $129 to a courier in the scam, which originated in West Bloomsfield, Mich.

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