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Cleveland County sheriff warns about phony calls

The Cleveland County sheriff’s office is investigating complaints of a man claiming to be a deputy who is placing calls to some residents.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 30, 2014 at 5:31 pm •  Published: May 30, 2014
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The Cleveland County sheriff’s office has received four reports since Thursday of a man impersonating a sheriff’s deputy who is leaving phone messages for individuals.

The caller identifies himself as Lt. Timothy Clark with the sheriff’s office, but the office has no deputy or employee by that name, Sheriff Joe Lester said.

According to the reports, the caller leaves an angry message and urges the person to call him back immediately. When people have tried to call the number back, there is a message that the number has been disconnected.

Lester said the office received two calls from the public Thursday afternoon about this individual and two more calls Friday morning.

All Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies carry identification. Lester advises people to always ask to see an ID. In the case of phone calls, hang up and report the incident to the sheriff’s office, Lester said.

“Don’t agree to meet this person or give out any personal information,” he said.

The department is concerned about the calls and is investigating the matter, he said.

To report such phone calls, call 701-8888.

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