Sheriff issues scam warning

Inmates in the Harris County Jail (Houston) are attempting a phone scam to get free phone service and some Milam County residents have been called.

The inmates, identifying themselves as law enforcement officers request residents to dial a number beginning with “star 72.” If those instructions are followed, and the customer has call forwarding service, it enables the inmate to make calls and charge them to the customer.

Sheriff David Greene urges anyone getting the calls to hang up without following the instructions. Anyone who has already done so should notify the sheriff’s office or the phone company.

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