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Scam Alert: Victim pressured into sharing account info

HAMILTON, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- A local police department issues a warning Tuesday about an aggressive new scam hitting the tri-state.

There are all kinds of scams making the rounds these days.  The scammers are using your address and phone number to get to your money.  Hamilton Police say now the scammers are combining the two.  This means they both to use against you.

A Hamilton woman received a letter in the mail claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House.  It said she had won 1.6 million dollars.  The letter's target was a friend of retired common pleas judge, John Moser, who contacted police.

Hamilton Police Sergeant Ed Buns said there is a new twist to this scam.  Instead of sending just letters in the mail, the scammers are following up with persistent phone calls.

Fortunately, the would-be victim didn't fall for it.  Judge Moser said his friend received four more similar letters that notified her she had struck it rich.  The catch?  She had to give them her banking information.

Police say many fall for the scam because they have fallen on hard times.  If they do, the hard times just got worse.  Hamilton Police have contacted the Secret Service about this scam.  If you feel that you have been victimized call your local police department.

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