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Local Authorities Warn of Potential Phone Scams

March 19th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland City Police would like to warn citizens of potential phone scams that are currently affecting area residents. In recent days, the City Police have received numerous calls from individuals who were contacted by phone in reference to the scam.

In most cases, the victim received a call from an out-of-town number. When the call is answered, the caller will identify themselves as a local or federal law enforcement officer. Many times, they give a last name and the name of a local agency to make the call appear more legitimate. They then inform their victim that there has been an arrest warrant issued on them or that a warrant will be issued if they do not follow their instructions. The victim is then informed that in order to take care of the warrant and avoid arrest, they must purchase pre-paid gift cards and/or debit cards and give the card numbers to the official.

The City Police urges its citizens that any government agency or company requesting you send prepaid card numbers is almost always a fraudulent company. This is not a legitimate way of conducting business and should be questioned immediately. People shouldn’t give any scammer personal or bank information. If you feel you are being scammed, hang up