Thomasville Times Enterprise


February 24, 2014

Police: Beware of phone scams

THOMASVILLE — Thomasville police detectives are investigating two fraudulent telephone solicitation cases.

A woman told police she received a call Thursday afternoon from a man who said she had been chosen from among thousands of others to receive a grant.

The caller said the woman would have to pay $220 in taxes to receive the grant.

The woman was instructed to obtain a prepaid credit card, which she did, called the man back and gave him the number on the back of the card.

“The victim she was the told that she did not send enough money and that she needed to send $300 more,” said Lt. Eric Hampton, Thomasville Police Department public information officer.

The victim, who sent the rest of the money, realized later she had been the victim of a $520 scam.

Earlier, a woman contacted by a man who said he was calling from a loan company and that he could help her improve her credit history.

Hampton said the woman was told to purchase two prepaid credit cards for $232 and $198. The victim purchased the cards and gave card numbers to the caller.

“The victim later discovered she had been scammed for $430,” Hampton explained.

Police warned citizens to be cautious about such calls from strangers.

“If someone calls and tells you that you have won something or they can help you if you purchase a prepaid credit card and call them back with a number, this is a scam,” Hampton said.

Hampton said citizens should never give personal information or credit card numbers to people over the phone.

Anyone who needs to speak with police about similar incidents should call (229) 226-2101.

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