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RPD warns about scam calls

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The Roswell Police Department urges people to beware of scam calls.

According to a post on the RPD Facebook page, local residents have reported receiving calls in which the caller, posing as an officer with the RPD or another law enforcement agency, requests that a money order be sent to take care of the bond of another local resident. The caller might even offer to reduce the bond.

Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the RPD, said in one recent call a scammer tried to convince a local man that there was an outstanding bond for him that needed to be paid.

In a recent post on the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sheriff Mike Herrington said that similar calls have been made to Chaves County residents who are told that a warrant will be obtained for their arrest if they do not use a prepaid credit card to pay fines. Both law enforcement agencies say the calls are fraudulent.

The RPD Facebook post states that law enforcement agencies, including the RPD, do not make calls about payment of bonds and never ask for money in any form. Bonds are a matter determined by judges and the courts, not law enforcement, according to the post.

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