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Tuesday, Feb 18 2014 10:34 AM

Stallion Springs police warn of phone scam

Stallion Springs Police have issued a news release calling attention to suspicious phone calls that may cause problems for area residents.

A citizen contact the department on Feb. 14 and said she received a call on her cell phone from a number she didn't recognize. Being suspicious, she didn't answer, but allowed the call to go to voice mail. The message was from an un-named inmate at an undisclosed detention facility, asking the citizen to accept a collect call. The citizen did not call the number back, but instead called police.

Investigation showed that the phone number in question, 713-981-0098, has been reportedly used by prison inmates who make random telephone calls attempting to get someone to accept a collect call, police said. The caller then asks the person to give our credit card information, or punch in certain numbers on their phone. Once this is done, the credit card or phone account is then cragged for the call and can also be charged for future calls made by the inmates.

The Stallion Springs Police Dept. reminds everyone to be suspicious of calls from persons or numbers that you do not recognize. Also, to never give out credit card numbers of any other personal information to someone you do not know.

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