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FDPD chief warns of scam

Callers claim to represent department

October 26, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, , Messenger News

The Fort Dodge Police Department is asking people to be on the lookout for a scam that claims to involve the department offering free services.

Chief Tim Carmody said the department has received two separate reports saying somebody, who said they were a representative of the department, was making phone calls and offering free security systems to the people who picked up.

These callers are not acting on behalf of the department, according to Carmody.

"We're not making calls to people with those offers," he said.

Carmody said one victim reported the caller offered a free sign and talked about recent robbery investigations during their conversation. The other caller reported being offered a free security system.

"Always fact-check your information if you receive a call like that," Carmody said. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

Paying attention to what the person is saying can help identify them, according to Carmody.

"If you do receive a call like this, get as much information as you can," he said. "Try to get the number they're calling from, the company they claim to be with, what they're offering and anything else they say."

People who have been targeted by the scam or who may have information on the case are asked to contact the Fort Dodge Police Department at 573-1426.



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