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Police warn of phone scams
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July 11, 2013 09:35 AM | 2004 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the wake of a rash of recent telephone scams, the Henry County Police Department urged citizens to exercise caution when giving out personal information, particularly over the phone.

The police department is reporting several phone scams where individuals pose as legitimate agents or officials and target residents in order to obtain personal information.

One of the phone scams involves a caller claiming to be a local law enforcement official advising there is a warrant for the resident’s arrest.

They say it can be remedied by providing credit or debit card information over the phone.

Be advised that the police department never accepts credit or debit cards for citizen-requested services, such as background checks.

Furthermore, any fines or fees related to offenses are handled by the courts, not by the police.

Other reported scams include one where the caller claims to be from a federal agency, seeking to verify personal information and may even cite some actual information.

Or the caller may say he or she is with Windows in an attempt to access the resident’s computer’s information.

Police warn residents not to verify anything or allow anyone remote access to their computer and not to visit any website callers ask the resident to visit.

There is also a scam offering a free medical alert system where the caller asks for personal information and credit or debit card numbers in order to steal money from unsuspecting citizens.

The most recent phone scam encountered by police is a caller posing as a delivery person with UPS or FedEx and telling the homeowner they have a package for them.

They then ask for the homeowner to state their address and ask if anyone is currently home.

Potential victims are even provided a package tracking number to sound more legitimate.

Police believe this latest scam is an attempt to burglarize or commit a criminal act and the criminal is trying to find out if the residence is occupied.

Police want citizens to know that there are apps that allow people to call using fake phone numbers and criminals often obtain personal information from public records, so just because the caller seems to know certain information does not make him or her legitimate.

Take note of the number they are calling from, who they claim and the company or organization they are representing.

If the caller may be legitimate, ask for their information and do not provide any answers until verified.

Then, look up the phone number for the organization and call for verification.

Police urge anyone who has been a victim of any of these scams to contact the Watch Office at the following locations: headquarters, (770) 288-8210/8328; North Precinct, (770) 288-7573; Fairview Precinct, (770) 389-6272.

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