Phone Scams More Common

1 decade 1 year 10 months ago Wednesday, December 07 2005 Dec 7, 2005 Wednesday, December 07, 2005 9:48:35 PM CST December 07, 2005 in News
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Samantha Wilson was feeding her kids Tuesday night when her phone rang. The caller said Wilson was eligible for a government grant.

"It sounded great! You know, I'm getting ready to go start school and that money could really come in handy," explained Wilson.

The grant was one she never remembered applying for, from a group she had never heard of.

"She had it all," Wilson said. "She had my name, she had the bank that we bank with, she had my address, of course she had my number because she called us."

The caller said the only thing missing was Wilson's bank account number.

Wilson explained, "I said, 'I don't really feel comfortable giving that information out.' I said, 'Would you like to speak with my husband?'"

As Wilson started to get curious, she said the caller provided an address, phone number and federal government badge number.

Wilson's husband, Chris, added, "We got off the phone with them, and we had the phone number and I did a Google search with the phone number and lo and behold here comes scam, scam, scam, scam."

Mexico's Director of Public Safety, Mike Jerichow, says his department gets three to five calls a week about phone or Internet scams. The department sends the calls to the FBI. Jerichow advises people not to reveal personal information over the phone.

Wilson applied for a loan at Moberly Area Community College last month. She estimated she needed $4,500, the same amount the caller offered her on the phone.

"I usually just hang up the phone. I don't even say, 'Sorry, no thank you.' I just hang up the phone just so they get the picture," Wilson said. "But for some reason I listened to them last night. Maybe this was because I was supposed to warn other people."

But, it could happen again. The Wilsons say they received another call on Wednesday from a person who claimed to be from the same agency.

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