Phone and e-mail scam surfaces in the Tri-States

Updated story posted January 17 at 10:30 p.m.

Adams County residents are the latest targets of an area-wide phone and e-mail scam outbreak.

Customers of both First Bankers Trust and Farmers Bank of Liberty have reported receiving suspicious calls. Customers were told their credit or debit card was locked and were asked to give card information over the phone.

Residents should be on the lookout for the number 2-536-3827 on their caller ID. The number will not show a complete area code. Authorities have received at least one report of a scammer calling from the number.

In other cases, a scam may show up as a 'restricted' number on caller ID.

Similar phone and e-mail scams have shown up in Marion County, Missouri and Lee County, Iowa.

Authorities want to warn residents to never give out credit or debit information over the phone.

Original story posted January 16

A phone and e-mail scam is making the rounds in Lee County and northeast Missouri.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office reports that several residents have received phone calls from someone claiming to be an IRS officer.

The caller will attempt to collect money by saying the victim owes unpaid taxes. They claim if the taxes are not paid, the victim will be arrested.

The caller ID will show the call is coming from the Sheriff's Office, but the number has been spoofed and actually comes from the 585 area code.

The Sheriff's Office warns that it is not making these calls and no officer is employed by the IRS.

There is also an e-mail version of the scam that says a debit card has been compromised and the recipient must call a certain phone number.

A similar scam has recently been reported in Marion County, Mo.

Authorities say you should never provide personal information over the phone or send money to avoid a threat of jail. Also, do not open or reply to e-mails that appear suspicious.