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      Be aware of phone scams

      Chief Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police Department says that's it's important to not give out personal information over the phone including bank, medical and credit card information. He advises if you're feeling skeptical about any situation ask for a supervisor or verification, or hang up and call the police.

      / Rheya Spigner


      Valdosta law enforcement officials remind people to be aware of the phone scams this holiday season .

      Chief Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police Department says that's it's important to not give out personal information over the phone including bank, medical and credit card information. He advises if you're feeling skeptical about any situation ask for a supervisor or verification, or hang up and call the police.

      Although calling and even texting has become a more popular form of scamming, Childress explains that letters in the mail are the most common scam tactic. He says, letters asking for a "process fee" to claim large amounts of money are usually false and what reels people in.

      Childress adds scam artist tend to be more aggressive and a legitimate company should always be able to confirm who they are.

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