Paragould woman records suspicious phone call

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)-  A Paragould resident is warning others about a suspicious phone call she received last week asking for money in order to avoid jail time.

Candace Booker said she received a call from someone saying she had two fraudulent checks and two warrants out for her arrest. The caller told Booker she needed to pay right away to get her charges dropped.

The caller identifiedas Vantage Point Services was looking to collect a large sum of money. They toldBooker she had to pay for two fraudulent checks or spend time in jail.

Bookerrecorded the conversation.

Recording:

Caller: I've been appointed to handle two chargesthat have been filed..files directly with..let me see here..looks like twofraudulent charges.

Booker: Onwhat?

Caller: TheState wants to have an arrest warrant issued, Are you aware of this?

Booker: No,I had no idea.

Caller:They sent out a 10 day notice

Booker: Ihad no idea, nobody ever told me and I don't know what this is concerning."

They toldBooker she had to pay the amount right away so the charges would be dropped, soshe gave them her credit card information.

"It was 957dollars and 18 cents," Booker said. "They made it sound really official, veryscary."

"They had anold address, they had the last four of my social and they told me it was fromadvance America," Booker said.

But aftershe gave her card number, she had a feeling that something wasn't right.

"Later on Icalled the cash checking place and they told me they had no checks against meat all," she said.

Booker saidshe wants to warn the public about these calls.

"Unless youcall them, don't give them any information, don't give them any credit card information,always make sure you have all the information that you need," Booker said.

I looked onthe Better Business Bureau website where Vantage Point Services was given an Ffor accreditation. There were also numerous other complaints about them askingfor random amounts of money.

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