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Police warn of tax rebate scam

January 31, 2008

Valdosta - Police in Valdosta say a new scam targets people during tax season.

They say filing tax returns and talks of federal tax rebates has spawned the scam.

They've received complaints that a caller is telling victims they are eligible for a tax rebate just approved by President Bush.

But they are asking for bank account information and social security numbers to deposit the check.

Police say this is a scam and if you get a call like this, simply hang up. 

"Never, never give out your personal information. Do not! They may have your name, they may have your phone number, they may even have your address. But what they are asking for are things they don't have. Do not offer that up! Hang up immediately!" exclaims Bobbi McGraw of the Valdosta Police.

Police are asking anyone who may have received a call or email to report it.  They say catching the scam artist is difficult but they are working to stop these types of scams in the area.

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