Paragould police warn residents about phone scam

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Paragould Police Department are warning residents about scam calls that originate out of the country.

According to the police department's website, several residents told police someone was calling them to say there was a burglary in progress in their neighborhood.  Then the caller asks questions such as "Are you home at this time?".

For some victims a second call is received claiming to be Publisher's Clearing House.  The caller tells the victim they've won a large amount of money and then requests banking information.

Police say the calls seem to be coming from Jamaican numbers.

Paragould police say no law enforcement agency will ever call you in the way the first call is received.  The second call is also a scam because Publisher's Clearing House states on their website they will never contact you to ask for banking information if you have won a prize.

Police say most residents have realized these calls are scams and have simply hung up on the callers.

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