- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina are warning about a telephone scam where the caller pretends to be from law enforcement or a hospital.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Monday that it’s seen an increase in scammers that use a phone system to fake phone numbers of local organizations in order to seek money or personal information.

One scam involves someone from Park Ridge Health in Hendersonville who tells the potential victim that they owe the hospital money.

Other versions include people who say they are with the Hendersonville Police Department or the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office who demand payment from a person as an alternative to being taken to jail.

The sheriff’s office said the caller ID information can be faked.

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