Police warning residents and businesses of holiday phone scams

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LOGAN — Police officers are warning residents of a phone scam that has intensified during the past couple days.

Logan City Police detective Cody Olsen said the scam artists are calling local residents and businesses, stating that their utility bill is overdue or that they owe money on a debt. In some cases the victim’s caller ID even falsely shows the caller is from the supposed agency.

“They direct the caller to go to Walmart for example, 7 Eleven or whatever store is available at the time,” said Olsen. “The caller tells them to get prepaid phone cards and charge those cards with a specific amount of money to take care of, whether it be that warrant, debt or utility bill.

Many of the scam artists are part of international crime rings that are very difficult to investigate and recover stolen money from.

The recent influx of calls have been reported even among some Logan City Employees. Olsen said investigators usually see an increase in these types of scams during the holidays.

“They know that people get together, especially in the United States, around Thanksgiving and Christmas and so our call volume really picks up. We will take two-or-three calls a week on average right around these types of holidays at the end of the year because they are really trying to get people to give them money right around this time.”

Wednesday, a local company called detectives to report receiving a call, stating their power would be shut off immediately if they did not pay a supposed debt.

Olsen said residents should be cautious anytime someone tells them to pay a bill or debt with any type of prepaid credit card.

“Don’t go and buy gift cards and then call these companies back with the numbers. That is the main focus here, don’t do that. No legitimate business is going to ask you to do that.”

Anyone who receives these types of calls is encouraged to contact the supposed agency or company and verify whether or not they owe any money.

<hr /><p style=”text-align: center;”>will@cvradio.com

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