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Phone scam targeting northern Dinwiddie County

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Posted at 7:32 PM, Apr 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-24 19:32:23-04

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va (WTVR)

James Prince knew seconds into the phone call that the person on the other end was trying to scam him.

Sure he was excited to be told he had won $2.5 million dollars, but he also--beyond a doubt—knew it wasn’t true when he was told it would take a $399.00 dollar processing fee to get his millions.

So, convinced it was a scam, he grabbed pencil and paper and started taking notes.

Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office had gotten half a dozen calls from citizens about the phone calls, by Saturday afternoon.

So they sent out a reverse 911 call to every county resident, advising them to not give out any personal information over the phone, and not to send any money.

By Tuesday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office had received nearly 50 complaints, almost all identical.

All of the calls were coming from the Sutherland area of the county.

Investigators say that so far they have not heard from anyone who actually sent in any money.