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December 11, 2013

News briefs from Dec. 11, 2013

- — Beware of phone scam seeking personal info

MERCER – Anyone who doesn’t already know not to give personal financial information to strangers who call them should never provide such information, Mercer County Sheriff Gary A. Hartman said.

Hartman said in a news release that callers identifying themselves as representatives of “Legal Recovery Services” have told some local residents they are responsible for online loans or pay advances made in their names. They’ve been told falsely that the sheriff’s office has issued a warrant for nonpayment which is a part of the scam.

Consumers should never give strangers such information as Social Security numbers, or bank or credit card information. The callers, likely from outside the United States, are almost impossible to locate, Hartman said.

Anyone who feels threatened by suspicious calls from such scammers can call local police or the sheriff’s office at 724-662-6135.

Burglary prompts police to warn residents

GREENVILE-WEST SALEM TOWNSHIP -- Police are asking Greenville residents to lock all windows and doors in their homes and leave as many lights on as possible.

Someone entered a home at 6:40 p.m. Saturday on Franklin Street in Greenville and was interrupted by the homeowner but took off with the resident’s purse, police said.

Police do not believe the burglar knew anyone was home when he entered the home but are asking residents to take the necessary precautions. If you see anything suspicious, call Mercer County 911.

Anyone with information about this burglary can call Greenville-West Salem Township police at 724-588-4190.

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