Po­lice warn res­i­dents about phone scams

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Po­lice are warn­ing res­i­dents about scam phone calls after of­fi­cers had a run-in of their own with the call­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to a Face­book post by Dou­glass (Berks) Po­lice, a res­i­dent re­ported to po­lice that they had been re­ceiv­ing phone calls they be­lieved to be a scam. The res­i­dent told po­lice that the phone calls had come from the num­ber 877-350-3359 and that the call­ers had said their names were Linn and Kath­leen Gaines with At­tor­ney at Law Walker and Gold­stein from New York.

Dur­ing the call, the al­leged as­so­ciates said that the res­i­dent owed $2,700 on a pay­day loan they had taken out in 2014. The res­i­dent, how­ever, never took out pay­day loan, po­lice said. The as­so­ciate then stated it was the res­i­dent’s son who de­frauded him and used his in­for­ma­tion.

The caller threat­ened the res­i­dent and told them that if they paid $500 today it would all go away and they wouldn’t be forced to put a lien on their home, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

After hang­ing up with the caller, the res­i­dent called po­lice.

An of­fi­cer from Dou­glass (Berks) Po­lice called the re­ported num­ber and pro­vided the al­leged as­so­ciate with the case num­ber. Po­lice said the as­so­ciate be­came “an­gry and bel­liger­ent” and threat­ened that the res­i­dent would be served pa­pers on Tues­day.

Po­lice are ask­ing that res­i­dents who re­ceive sim­i­lar phone calls hang up and re­port the call to po­lice. They are urg­ing res­i­dents not to give out any in­for­ma­tion or pay­ment.

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