Local Ellwood business, Posies by Patti updated their Facebook page with a warning to their customers:
“SCAM ALERT!! SCAM ALERT!! It has come to our attention that our BUSINESS NAME and possibly our PHONE NUMBER is being used in a SCAM. Caller ID will show POSIES BY PATTI but it will be a scammer. Please DO NOT give out any personal information or agree to anything the scammers ask. They are trying to get your information for their use. If you get any phone calls from Posies by Patti, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY and please feel free to call us to see if it was actually from our business. We have alerted the police department about this and they are now aware of this scam.”
There have been several other phone scams going around in the community lately but this is the first known one of this type using a local business’s phone number and caller ID to target victims.
As Mayor Court has warned before, never give out personal information over the phone.