WASHINGTON COUNTY - If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
That's the belief of Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Greg Alton, who said Wednesday that several con artists are working the county by telephone and in person.
Alton said that in recent weeks and months deputies have received an increased amount of reports from county residents of attempted telemarketing scams. Alton said lottery-based scams are among the most popular.
Alton said the callers tell potential victims that they have won some type of lottery or contest and that to claim the prize they have to send money to a post office box. He said many of these scams originate in Canada, and that local investigators have been in touch with Canadian authorities as recently as last week.