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Phone Scam Hits Hilliard

COLUMBUS (Ben Garbarek) -- Police are warning the public about a phone scam that has already struck at least four people in Hilliard.

An elderly woman alerted police to the possible scam after she got a call from a man claiming to be a cop from inside a local bank.

The man said that someone was writing checks from their account and he needed their bank information, according to police.

When the woman refused to give the caller this information, the man made threats and said he would get the information with a search warrant.

Police said the woman was right to keep her bank information to herself and alert police.

"They did not give that information out, hung up the phone, contacted their banking institution or contacted the police department -- so they did do the right thing," Hilliard Police Lt. Ron Clark said.

Clark said officers would never ask for this kind of information over the phone. If they ever needed it, they would show up in person and in uniform.
 
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