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Police warn residents of money related scams taking place in Valdosta

Scam Alert
Posted at 2:47 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 14:47:23-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. — Police are warning residents about money related scams taking place in the Valdosta community.

The Valdosta Police Department is asking residents to be alert to money related scams happening in the community. VPD said there are residents that are getting telephone calls from people identifying themselves as VPD police officers, detectives and even the Chief of Police.

According to VPD, during the calls the suspect is telling residents that they have warrants, have citizenship/VISA issues and issues with social security. The suspect is also demanding payment through the use of gift cards or prepaid credit cards in order to settle these issues.

The suspects are also “spoofing” the number of VPD, which means VPD's telephone number shows up on your caller ID but the phone call actually comes from another location and not from anyone at VPD.

The police department does make calls to residents to follow up on cases as incidents are investigated, however VPD says they will never demand for any money to be paid.

If you receive one of these phone calls, please do not give them any information over the telephone. If you have any questions about a suspicious phone call, please call the Valdosta Police Department at 229-242-2602.