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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY WARNS BUSINESSES ABOUT SCAM

 OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY WARNS BUSINESSES ABOUT SCAM
 COLUMBUS, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Investigators at the State Highway Patrol are warning Ohio business owners about a new scam now operating in Ohio and across the United States.
 The scam involves persons falsely identifying themselves as troopers or police officers who say they are calling on behalf of a company official who has been involved in a motor vehicle crash arrested for a traffic violation and who needs money.
 The callers advise the company to forward the money by Western Union, to waive the required identification, and to use a code word so the "trooper" can pick up the money. The money is then picked up at one of the 18,000 Western Union offices by using the code. Dollar amounts as high as $500 have been requested by the callers.
 The patrol advises any one who receives such a phone call to contact their local State Highway Patrol Post. Victims of this scam are encouraged to contact Trooper Skip Lawhorn at 513-382-2551.
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 /CONTACT: Cpt. Richard Rucker of the Ohio Department of Highway Safety, 513-382-2551/ CO: Ohio Department of Highway Safety ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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