New phone scam making the rounds

WYNNE, AR (KAIT)- Another phone scam ismaking its way across Region 8. Local residents are receiving calls fromsomeone posing as an agent with the Federal Government offering up to $9,000 for having good credit.

Lt. Mike Smith withthe Wynne Police Department also received the scam phone call. He said the number shows up with a Washington DC areacode and towards the end of the conversation they ask you for your personalinformation.

"When I started questioningthem, they hung up pretty quickly," Smith said. "They speak very poor, broken English and don't seem to comprehend English toowell when spoken back to them."

Smith said the caller told him he had won a grant for $9,000 to help pay bills. But the only thing is the caller asked for a checkingaccount number, savings account number or a debit card number to deposit themoney.

"Anything that's alegitimate business is not gonna ask you for that information over thetelephone," he said.

This is about the third phone scam this month. Earlier this month a Paragould mother says she receiveda call from a telemarketer saying she won $250,000 and she had to send $400 inorder to claim her prize. Just two weeks ago, Jonesboro police said someonewas making calls claiming to work for City Water and Light requesting latepayments.

Smith said they havegotten several phones from residents receiving calls just like this one.

"Once or twice a week, we will receive phone calls frompeople who've received callstelling them that they've won certain amounts of money," Smith said.

"They always wantthem to deposit or send some money, wire some money or to give them somepersonal information."

Smith said residentsshould be careful not to give our any personal information.

"If somebody callsand tells you you've won something and you haven't signed up or registered foranything, anything that is too good to be true, probably is," he said.

Smith said if youreceive a suspicious call or if you have any questions about this scam you cancall the Wynne Police Department.

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