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Phone scam hitting area

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The Gering Police Department has been made aware of another financial scam tactic, and wants to warn the public.

Sgt. Edward Tjaden says citizens have received phone calls indicating they have won large amounts of cash or expensive vehicles.

Those citizens were instructed to go to a local store and purchase a prepaid credit card and return a phone call with instructions on how to properly forward the prepaid credit card information and/ or balance.

The amount requested on the prepaid card in these cases was $500.

The caller requests no personal or banking information, and claims to be from a legitimate and popular sweepstakes company. The lack of a request for banking information or a personal check makes this scam different from a majority that has been dealt with in the past.

The Gering Police Department urges citizens to be vigilant in their efforts to protect themselves from financial crimes. They are offering the following tips:

  • Research anyone who calls and asks for money or donations
  • Do not give out your personal or banking information to anyone you don't know or on any phone call you did not initiate
  • Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

There are websites that can be utilized free of charge for research that offers information about scams and scam artists; and other established entities such as the Better Business Bureau can offer information about charities, businesses, and scams.

The Gering Police Department is encouraging citizens to report all possible scams, and all crime to their local law enforcement agency.

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