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RPD warns residents of ‘scam calls’

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The Roswell Police Department is reminding local residents to be wary of anyone asking them to reveal personal financial information over the phone in the wake of an increase in “scam calls.”

“There has been another increase in Roswell residents receiving scam calls from callers claiming to be from a government agency and telling people there is an issue with their Social Security number or something similar,” according to a press release issued by the department Friday. “They may ask for personal or financial information.”

The RPD noted that government agencies with legitimate need to contact someone do not gather such information over the phone.

“You would be contacted in a much more formal manner, including documentation from the official agency that can be verified properly,” the press release states.

Other warnings to keep in mind:

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• Be cautious of calls from unknown people requesting some sort of action, especially involving money or personal and financial information.

• If asked to make a payment by going to a store, buying a prepaid debit card and reading the number to someone over the phone, “expect it is a scam,” according to the release.