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Madisonville Police Warning of New Scam Targeting Local Businesses

Madisonville residents are being asked to keep an eye out for a new scam that's targeting local businesses.

Posted: Apr 23, 2021 12:27 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2021 12:22 PM

The Madisonville Police Department is warning residents and businesses in the area to watch out for a new scam.

According to MPD, as of Friday, two local businesses were contacted by scammers using a "spoofing app" to make their phone number appear as if it was MPD's phone number.

MPD says the spoofing app made the spammer's number appear as "270-821-1720," which is the non-emergency line for the Madisonville-Hopkins County Central Dispatch.

The scammers then claimed they were law enforcement officers concerned that the victim businesses were unknowingly accepting and depositing fraudulent bills.

MPD says the scammers then requested that the employees take their current deposit to locations with prepaid debit cards and transfer the funds in order for them to obtain the deposit.

"THIS IS A SCAM!!!," MPD said Friday. According to the department, law enforcement agencies will never conduct this type of investigation over the phone. An actual member of the agency will make face-to-face contact with business employees.

Anyone who feels as if they're being scammed should hang up and call their local law enforcement agency.


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