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Conway Police warn of potential phone scam

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Conway Police are warning residents of possible phone scams after one resident reported that she got a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, saying she was going to be arrested.

The woman said after the hung up and contacted Conway Police, she received another call, showing the Conway Police Department's number. The caller identified themselves as the captain of the Conway Police department, and said she needed to comply with the IRS orders.

“We want to remind all residents that Conway Police Department does not act as an agent for collection services,” a Conway Police official stated in a news release.

Police advise that you should not trust the number that comes up on your caller ID, because these phone tricksters have the ability to change that number so it matches a number you trust.

“We cannot warn you of every scenario people may use, but we can advise you that businesses and organizations are not going to contact you and ask for personal information to be given out via phone or email,” Conway Police stated. “Never transfer money or pay someone without researching the information on your own.”

Police provided two websites that can use to stay updated on potential scams, and to sign up to receive scam alerts:

Better Business Bureau

http://www.bbb.org/myrtle-beach/get-consumer-help/scam-source/

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

http://www.ftc.gov/ 

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