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Stark County Sheriff's Office investigating phone scam

Posted at 5:10 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 17:10:57-05

The Stark County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about the latest phone scam. 

Investigators with North Canton police received the initial complaint of a phone scam that occurred in the city on Wednesday. 

Authorities received a call from a potential victim who said they were contacted by someone who identified themselves as "Detective Whitehouse" from the Stark County Sheriff's Office. 

The caller told the victim that they failed to comply with a legal requirement of the sheriff's office and would need to purchase $2,000 in Google Play cards and provide the scammer with the card codes.

A number was given to the victim to call which duplicates the sheriff's office call system but is not connected to the department. 

The sheriff's office would like to remind citizens that they won't call and request payments for services. 

Anyone with information on the scam is asked to call Sheriff George Maier at 330-430-3800.