A Beatrice resident reported to Gage County Sheriff’s Office investigators that she was contacted by a phone scammer.

According to the Gage County Sheriff's Office, the woman had received a phone call on her landline telephone with the caller ID indicating it was from the “County Offices.”

The woman stated that the caller asked third-party medical questions. At one point during the call, the person on the other end asked the woman, “Can you hear me?” The woman told investigators that she said, “Nope,” and hung up the phone.

The Gage County Sheriff’s Office confirmed with the woman that she had not given out any personal, confidential or financial information and had not suffered any financial or monetary loss.

The woman said that her concern was that the caller ID had shown “County Offices,” which is why she answered the call, she said.

However, the woman was aware of numerous scams reported to the Gage County Sheriff’s Office; particularly scams using the line “Can you hear me?” If a victim answers “yes,” their answer can be recorded and spliced into a recorded agreement to purchase an unwanted item, service or warranty.

The Gage County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to use caution when dealing with unknown person on the phone, internet or in person. Personal, confidential or financial information should never be given out to unknown persons or businesses.

Anyone who suspects a fraud should immediately contact their local police department or call the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with an investigator.

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