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Liberty PD warns of potential phone scam

December 21, 2017 GMT

Liberty Police Department is warning about a scam that is making its way around local businesses. Two separate businesses reported the possible phone scam.

“The caller identifies himself as ‘Mr. Edwards’ [and] speaks with a Jamaican accent, and he advises that he is with ‘Utilities in Liberty’ and they are going to cut off the lights within the next 30 minutes due to non-payment. He then gives a number to call for further information,” said LPD Chief Thomas Claunch. “When the number is called, no one will answer, but someone calls back a few minutes later. At this point we are not sure how they want payment since both reportees hung up before getting to that point.”

Claunch said that if anyone receives such a call, hang up immediately.

“Do not give them any personal information like credit card numbers, bank account numbers, etc.,” he said.

He advises people to call the City of Liberty using phone numbers listed in the telephone book or from the city’s official website, www.cityofliberty.org, and ask for verification of your account status.

“Then call Liberty Police Department and report it,” he said.

Liberty PD can be reached by phone at 936-336-5666.