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A Phishing Incident is Being Investigated by the Carthage Police


Residents are getting warned by the Carthage Police regarding a latest phone scam. A complaint, where phone number of the Carthage Police Department's village was used in caller ID spoofing scam, is being investigated by the police.

The complaint was lodged by a business owner, where he/she claims that a caller has attempted to scam him/her twice.

Reginald Huber Jr., the Police Chief, declined to reveal anything about the identity of the business owner. Police Chief Huber Jr. told that the business owner said to them that the caller knew his/her name, address, as well as the Social Security number's last four digits. Huber Jr. further added that after asking about the personal information, the business owner was asked by the caller to send gift cards of Walmart. At that time, in reply, the business owner has threatened the caller that he/she will call the police.

As per Police Chief Huber Jr., the phone of the business owner rang for the second time before he/she can make a call to the Carthage Police. "On caller ID, it had the Village of Carthage Police Department phone number," said Huber. "A person answered and said they were an officer with the Carthage Police Department, but refused to give their last name and said they were trying to investigate the social security incident".

The business owner got suspicious, when the fake caller disguised as an officer did not reveal his last name. So, after this the business owner went personally to police station for reporting this incident, where he/she spoke with the Police Chief Huber Jr. and then the investigation got started.

Huber Jr. said that "the Carthage Police Department does not/will not call and ask you for your Social Security number, bank account numbers". The Police Chief further added that "we don't accept gift cards of any kind for payment".

After this incident on October 23, 2018 (i.e. on Tuesday), the Police Chief said that no further complaints of this kind have been received. Huber Jr. further advises the residents to report any kind of phone scams to FCC (Federal Communications Commission), as the commission has resources to investigate all such incidents.

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