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Albany woman warns of "government" scam calls

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –An Albany woman is warning her neighbors and church members about scam calls she is receiving.  The scammers claim they are from the United States government, and say they have money for you.

But South Georgia law enforcement says beware, it's just another scam trying to get your bank account information.

The scammers are calling on the phone, claiming to be with the Department of the Treasury, saying you have been awarded a federal grant for thousands of dollars.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigators say they are starting to hear from more people receiving these calls, but warn they are just trying to steal your personal information and your money.

Marilyn Womack received four calls from people claiming to be from the Department of the Treasury, and who had a $7000 grant for her. Womack knew immediately no one gives out free money.

Womack said "No, not even the government. They good at taking it, but not giving it."

Womack said the callers said she was getting the government grant because she was a good person who paid her taxes.

Womack said "You had to spend it on something legitimate, like a home. No gambling, no drugs, no alcohol. I said so how you going to control what I spend it on."

The caller said all Womack had to do was give them her checking account number, and they would direct deposit her cash. Sheriff's Investigators say they are starting to get more calls about this scam.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigator Captain Craig Dodd said "Basically for being a good citizen you are getting a federal grant for $7000. Which we basically all know the federal government does not give anybody money for nothing."

Investigators say Womack did the right thing, she did not give them any personal information.

Womack said "no, they would have wiped me out. Although there was not much in it. They could have had access to what I put in my account."

Womack said she is warning her friends and church members, to not fall for this latest version of the same old scam.

Marilyn Womack said the callers each time had foreign accents, so she thinks they were calling from outside the country. She wants to warn other South Georgians, there is no such thing as free money, especially from the government.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigators warn you to be cautious about any unsolicited e-mail, or letter, or phone call offering you money, and asking for your personal information. And they warn never try to cash a check that you receive from an unknown source. It's probably a fake.

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