Sheriff warns residents of phone scam threatening foreclosure

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The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a phone scam involving back taxes and callers threatening to foreclose properties, according to a release.

The sheriff’s office received a report from the Rock County Treasurer’s Office of an attempted phone scam in which the caller claimed to be from the Rock County Treasurer’s Office and demanded the victim give their credit card information over the phone to pay overdue taxes, officials said.

The caller reportedly told the victim if they did not provide credit card information, the sheriff’s office would foreclose and sell their property, according to the release.

The victim told officials the caller was very aggressive in trying to get their credit card information, but they refused and reported the scam to the treasurer’s office.

Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden said in the release the county will never ask for credit card information over the phone for any reason. The treasurer’s office will also never take payments over the phone, officials said.

Authorities ask that anyone who receives a similar scam call report it to the sheriff’s office.