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VPD warns residents about phone scam

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Leslie Manahan Leslie Manahan
Door mat at the entrance to the Valdosta Police Department's Investigation division. Door mat at the entrance to the Valdosta Police Department's Investigation division.
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

There's a new phone scam going around tonight and the Valdosta Police Department wants to make sure you don't become a victim.

A Valdosta resident recently received a call from a man claiming to be a detective with a local law enforcement department.

The caller said he needed the woman's banking information because he had a suspect in custody who allegedly tried to cash one of her checks.

The woman refused to give the man her information, so the man hung up. That's when the woman called the Valdosta Police Department.

Commander Leslie Manahan reminded residents that it's never a good idea to give any personal information out over the phone.

"Anytime anybody gets any type of phone call like this, do not give your personal banking information, do not give social security numbers, do not give any of your personal information across the telephone," said Manahan.

"If you have a question or you are alerted," continued Manahan, "please call local law enforcement, call the Valdosta Police Department. We'll look into it and find out if it's truly a legitimate phone call."

The Valdosta Police Department is currently working to trace the caller's number.

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