Northwest Ohio sheriffs report telephone scam

By J Swygart -

VAN WERT — Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach and his Auglaize County counterpart Al Solomon have reported a telephone scam using the Buckeye Sheriffs’ Association name to solicit donations has been going on throughout the region.

“I am asking for help warning citizens about this scam,” Riggenbach said in a press release. “The Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association never solicits donations by phone. I am asking if anyone receives a call soliciting donations for the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association, that citizens do not give any donation to the telephone solicitor. I am also asking citizens to call the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at 419-238-3866 or other local sheriff offices and report this information to us.”

Solomon said the sheriff’s association conducts membership requests and renewals solely by mail and warned residents to be cautious when approached by phone solicitations.

“If you are a member of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, we appreciate the support very much as the funding is used by your local sheriff’s office,” Solomon added.

By J Swygart

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