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RPD warns residents about scammers claiming to be the city

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Roswell Police and the city have received reports from local citizens about phone calls from someone claiming to call on behalf of the city and the RPD asking for private identity and financial information.

“These are not legitimate inquiries and are not being made by the RPD or city. Be aware,” a post Wednesday on the RPD’s Facebook page said.

Some people who have received the calls were asked for Social Security and credit card numbers, and in at least one instance, the caller claimed to be offering the person a credit card.

“The only time I can think of that the city might collect a credit card number is if someone is using their card to pay a utility bill or other city bill,” Todd Wildermuth, RPD public information officer said in an email Wednesday.

He added that the police do not collect such personal information unless as part of an investigation.

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According to information distributed by the Criminal Investigation Division of the RPD last December, entities providing services such as government agencies will never call or email you and request payment using gift cards, money cards or wire transfers.

Law enforcement agencies also will not call or email someone to say a person has to pay a fine.

The information also states that the Internal Revenue Service does not reach people by email to warn them about delinquent taxes.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.