Scam artists targeting Warren

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A woman with Warren ties who was scammed out of $9,000 and an elderly Warren woman who was scammed out of more than $1,000 are among the most recent victims of scam artists targeting people in the Bradley County area, according to Sgt. Tim Nichols.

“The Warren Police Department has seen an increase over the last few days in reference to phone scams,” Nichols said. “The people responsible are very good at what they do and will do their best to get you to fall for their scams which can leave you broke. We want to remind everyone that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is and before sending anyone any money to contact your local law enforcement.”

Nichols said he received a report on July 12 saying that a former Warren resident transferred $9,000 from her account at local bank to a scam artist. Someone had called her saying she had won $1 million and all she had to do to receive the prize money was send money to cover the taxes.

The same day, the Warren Police Department learned that an elderly Warren woman was scammed out of more than $1,000. The woman received a call saying her nephew needed money. She wired the money, as instructed, to a bank account in Denver, Colorado, according to Nichols.

The following day, Nichols received a report that someone was calling local residents saying they have been caught conducting illegal activities and that if they do not pay they will be arrested. Nichols said the caller was using the Warren Police Department phone number to conduct the bogus calls.

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