The Livingston County Sheriff's Office has been receiving several complaints from area residents of being harassed by telephone from scammers who are claiming to be in the United States and assuring the target victims they have won large sums of money.

Several residents have reported the scammers continue to call them and use forceful tactics in attempt to compel them to send money. Some have reported these scammers becoming belligerent and insulting when unsuccessful in their goals to rip people off.

"The best advice is to never send personal data or give these people the time of day," Sheriff Cox said. "You only have an opportunity to win something you enter, and never wire money. Why would anyone send you a check for more then they claim they owe you and ask you to wire the extra back to them?"