Phone hoax seen in other parts of US comes to Medina County

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MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio — The Medina County Auditor warned residents that a telephone hoax had made its way to the area.

Two people reported receiving phone calls from a caller who claimed to be with the “Department of the Treasurer, Legal Affairs.”

“This is a fraud that has been perpetrated in other parts of the country,” Mike Kovack, the Medina County Auditor, said. “But it’s the first time we’ve seen it here.”

The caller claimed there was a lien on the homeowner’s property and asked if they had a criminal attorney.

The homeowner was then instructed to send money to prevent police action.

In both cases, the caller spoke broken English and tried to keep them on the line for a long time.

When questions were asked, the residents were put on hold.

The public is reminded to never give out personal information and to call a local police department if they receive a similar phone call.