Warning issued about phone scam

Warning issued about phone scam


A Mahoning County resident reported a phone scam that resulted in her giving her checking information to someone claiming to be with an emergency response system company.

The scam took place late last week after an employee of Area Agency on Aging 11 completed an assessment for services for a woman in Mahoning County. Later that day, someone called the woman claiming that payment was needed to start services for an emergency response system (ERS), which is an alert button or system to receive help in the event of a fall or emergency.

The caller asked the elderly woman for a credit card and for her check information to begin service. The woman’s son is contacting the bank to stop payment on the check.

“We urge people never to give personal or banking information over the phone,” said Lisa Solley, director of communications for the agency. “If agency employees meet with someone about services, those services are ordered through our agency after the consumer selects one of our certified providers. A designated employee coordinates services, and the agency will never ask for a credit card or banking information over the phone.”

Road project starts today in Sharon


Road crews today began repaving about two miles of East State Street from the state Route 18 intersection to the state Route 5 intersection near Stambaugh and Euclid avenues.

The project also includes traffic lights, curb ramps and drainage upgrades and replacement of the bridge on East State Street over Pine Run, reported 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.

The bridge is used by more than 12,000 drivers a day and has been classified as structurally deficient.

Officials say no detour is anticipated with the project, but there will be a few lane restrictions in February.

The project is scheduled to be done by August.

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