Scammers continue to plague area
by Rory Doyle
Jan 10, 2013 | 1530 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Reports of phone scammers have become more prevalent in several Delta communities.

Drew Police Chief Simon Bush is reaching out to locals to stay mindful of the scams after he's received six complaints from citizens this week.

"Usually they are calling the elderly people and promising discounts on their medicine," said Bush. "I want to remind people to never give out their bank account and routing numbers or their credit card."

Bush encouraged Drew citizens to pay attention to incoming numbers and report calls that may be linked to a scam.

"You can call the Drew Police Department at 662-745-2200 anytime you feel it's suspicious," added Bush.

Clevelanders have also been a target of recent scam attempts but Police Chief Buster Bingham said everyone should be on guard.

"It's an 876 exchange which is Jamaica," said Bingham, who explained the calls are being routed through several different places making it impossible to prosecute anyone.

Bingham said those with caller ID should not answer calls starting with 876 and for those without ID to hang up when it becomes clear it is a scam or the caller becomes abusive.

The Mississippi Attorney General's office offers these tips to avoid this type of scam:

• Throw away any offer that asks you to pay for a prize or a gift. If it's free or a gift, you shouldn't have to pay for it. Free is free.

• Resist the urge to enter foreign lotteries. It's illegal to play a foreign lottery through the mail or the telephone, and most foreign lottery solicitations are phony.

• Know whom you're dealing with, and never wire money to strangers.