LPD warns of phone scam

LPD warns of phone scam

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel Police Department would like to warn the public of a scam currently being attempted in the area.

An unknown caller identifies himself as an employee of the Internal Revenue Service and states that the citizen receiving the call owes the IRS money.  The caller goes on to state that the local police will arrest the citizen unless payment is received.

The caller attempts to get the citizen to make a payment via wire transfer, debit card or prepaid credit card. The caller may also attempt to gain personal information such as date of birth, social security number and bank account numbers.

The IRS does not do business in this manner and the public is advised to ignore these requests.

Other scams that use similar tactics are:

  • Sweepstakes Scam
  • Mississippi Power Payment Scam
  • Water Department Scam

Any caller that attempts to get immediate payment without allowing the citizen to research the situation is suspicious. For further information call LPD.  As always, any persons with information about criminal activity may contact LPD or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP.