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RPD warns about phone scams

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Roswell Police are warning people to beware of calls where an individual attempts to obtain private and financial information from residents.

Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, said in an email Wednesday that Roswell residents have reported such phone scams. 

“RPD reminds everyone, if you did not initiate the phone call, you should never give someone your credit card number, Social Security number or any other personal identification or financial information,” Wildermuth said. 

He added that in one instance the scammer claimed the one Roswell resident was guilty of tax evasion. In another instance, the caller said that a citizen’s Social Security number had been compromised in some sort of fraud situation.

People should also never place money in gift cards, prepaid debit cards or any other money cards and then give the numbers and PIN numbers to anyone they do not know, Wildermuth continued.

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He added the use of such gift and debit cards is popular in many scams, such as ones in which the claim is made that a person won a large monetary prize, but must first pay a certain amount to cover some processing costs, fees or for some other reason.