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Scotts Bluff County Sheriff warns of phishing scam

November 8, 2018

The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office is warning people of an apparent phishing scam.

In a press release, Sheriff Mark Overman said the department had became aware of citizens receiving emails that appear to be from a valid Scotts Bluff County email address. The emails contain an attachment that may contain malware. They also make a demand for payment of a specific sum of money “within three days or legal proceedings will commence.”

Overman said these emails are fraudulent and do not originate from anyone within Scotts Bluff County.

“The perpetrators of these scams have the ability to falsify their email address. No entity within Scotts Bluff County communicates with citizens via email regarding money owed to the County,” he said.

The county’s information technology provider has provided a link for people to learn additional information about email phishing and what to look for: https://www.knowbe4.com/phishing.

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