Beware of phone scammers

The Russellville Police Department are continuing to get complaints of phone scams in which callers are promising large sums of money in the forms of checks or to be placed in their accounts if they follow a few instructions. The callers sometimes pretend to be government agencies advising that you are owed money or that they have grant money for you. Be aware of these scams and do not give out any personal information. The callers also will ask on occasion for you to use prepaid cards to send them money in order for you to receive your money.

The phone numbers that these scammers use vary, but can sometimes show as local numbers being that they are computer generated and not where the actual caller is located, making the scammer difficult to track. Ignoring the calls and blocking them will help, where as the more interest an individual shows in the acclaimed money will make the scammer more likely to continue calling.

Please pay attention to who calls you. Never give out personal information over the phone. Don’t give your address, bank information, social security number, birthday, etc. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
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