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Classic phone scam making the rounds again

A classic phone scam is making the rounds again in the Rogue Valley, and police are warning residents to hang up the phone on the perpetrators.

Scammers are utilizing “spoofing software,” which can make it look as though they are calling from a legitimate police department. They also use the identities of local police officers “to threaten victims to pay up for various reasons,” according to a Medford police Facebook post.

Those targeted are asked to purchase thousands of dollars worth of gift cards and provide the numbers over the phone.

Scammers will also call local store managers using the same software to pretend they are with “Corporate Management.” They use names of actual managers in an attempt to get business supervisors to pull money from the safe and purchase gift cards. Scammers say this is for getting caught up on late bills and other business-related transactions.

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