Beware phone scam
You should never give out personal information out over the phone.
A phone scam has been circulating around Polk County. One citizen reports that she was called a number of times by a restricted number for several days. After ignoring these calls, she eventually answered one that displayed a phone number.
When she answered, she says a man with an Indian accent told her that she had been randomly selected to receive a $7,500 grant from the United States government. The man then prompted her to give either her bank account number, credit card number, or to go to her local Western Union Office to receive her prize. If she chose to give her credit card number, the man said the money would appear as a $7,500 payment against her credit card balance.
The caller knew the woman’s name, location, and phone number. She reports the only thing she had done recently was search for vehicles online, where she gave her phone number and name in order to be reached by sellers.
The woman hung up and immediately called police to inform them of the scam.
You should never give out personal information out over the phone. If the woman had given her bank account or credit card number to the caller, her identity could have easily been stolen. Fraudulent charges could be put on the credit card and her bank account could have been cleaned out.
The number the woman received a phone call from had a 503 area code, identified as being somewhere in Northern California. If you receive a call from this number, or any other asking for personal information, do not give the caller any information.
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