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Russell County Sheriff Warns of Scams

Scam AlertThe Russell County Sheriff's Office is seeing an increase in scam activity and wants to remind the public to be cautious.

According to Sheriff Fred Whitman, scammers seem to be getting more and more deceptive.

Scammers are spoofing emails and using local phone numbers and addresses; in some cases, even using priority mail envelopes.

Whitman said even the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is experiencing this with their email addresses. He said folks receive emails from what they believe to be the KBI, but the emails are not actually from the KBI and sometimes contain malicious attachments.

If you receive such an email, do not open any attachments or any invoices that are contained within the email.

"While we have not as of yet had this happen to us (Sheriff's Office), I would like to make sure to prepare our public in case it does," said Whitman.

"I would like to encourage people to call us if they receive an email that appears to be from any of us at the Sheriff's Office that they are not expecting or does not look quite right," he continued. "We would be happy to visit with them and let them know if it is actually us or some scammer."

Call the Russell County Sheriff's Office at 785-483-2151 if you have any questions or concerns. You can also find more information about scams HERE.

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