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Columbiana Police Chief warns of phone scam

August 29, 2012
Staff Reports , Salem News

COLUMBIANA -City police are warning businesses not to heed a phone call allegedly from the Columbiana County Clerk of Courts Office requesting personal information.

Chief Tim Gladis said in a press release issued Tuesday that a local business reported receiving a call from someone posing as a clerk of courts representative requesting the social security number of an employee. The caller reportedly said the reason for needing the information was to inform the man he may be dismissed from jury duty.

The employee had never been issued a subpoena for jury duty and an investigation revealed that no such call was placed by the clerk of courts office. Police contacted Anthony J. Datillio, clerk of courts, and Common Pleas Judge C. Ashley Pike, who confirmed that no such phone call was ever placed by their office, according to the release.

The two men also told police that the clerk of courts will never initiate a call requesting personal information and Datillio advised that correspondence from his office will be conducted by personal service or U.S. mail. All documents will bear the clerk of courts seal.

Datillio told police the incident is the second time in recent months this type of scam has occurred in the county and that residents should be urged not to give out personal information over the phone when they receive unsolicited phone calls from the clerk of courts office. If they do receive such calls they should contact their local police department, he said in the press release.



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