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November 28, 2012- Town of Elma- Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that the Sheriff’s Office is investigating two reports of telephone fraud that have occurred over the past two days in the Town of Elma.

 In both cases the victims had received telephone calls from a person claiming to be calling from the Publishers Clearing House, telling them that they had won a large sum of money.  The victims were then asked to provide personal information, such as credit card and bank information, and their social security number.  In one of the two cases the victim was also asked to send money to cover acceptance fees and taxes.

 Both of the calls were scams, and in the one case the victim had sent several thousand dollars to the perpetrator. 

 Sheriff Howard advised people to never release personal information, including any financial information, to anyone who contacts them over the telephone, email or mail.  In addition, he advises people to never send any money to anyone requesting it.

 The fact that both of these victim reside in the Town of Elma appears to be coincidental. 

 Anyone who feels that they may have been a victim is encouraged to contact their local police department.

 Questions or information for the Sheriff’s Office should be directed to the Detective Bureau at (716) 858-6670.