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Black Hawk County Sheriff investigating cell phone fraud

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Quick thinking by one woman kept her from being the victim of a cell phone scam, but the Black Hawk County Sheriff warns others to watch out for the same scam.

According to the sheriff's office, a woman got a call from someone claiming to be with US Cellular saying that if she didn't pay an outstanding balance of $133.32, her phone service would be shut-off.

The woman told the caller that she had paid her outstanding balance, but the caller insisted that the bill had not been paid and that her phone service was going to be canceled. The caller said that if it was an error, the amount would be credited to the account.

In fear of losing her phone service, the woman gave the caller her credit card information and three digit security code.

The caller gave a name, stated she was with U.S. Cellular and gave an employee number.

The woman then called U.S. Cellular and was told that they don't handle accounts in this manner.

She then called her bank and found that her credit card had been accessed, but not for $133.32, but for $330.00.  They said the money was sent to Western Union with a destination in Arkansas.

Because the woman acted quick enough, the transaction was stopped before the payment was made and the $330.00 was returned to her account.

The Black hawk County Sheriff's office says these and other types of scams are becoming more frequent.  They say common sense should tell you if something isn't right, or too good to be true.

They advise that you take a moment and if something sounds to good to be true or if it sounds suspicious, call the company that is claiming the error to check out what the actual status is or call local law enforcement for assistance.

Online Producer: Eric Page

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