Gibson warns of scam

CROWLEY – The following information is being released by Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson for the purpose of informing as many residents in our area as possible about a scam that he was informed of by a Crowley citizen.

Chief Gibson had a resident from Crowley come to his office and advised him that she had been scammed. Wondering what type of scam it could been, as the Crowley Police Department has seen so many in the past few year. The resident advised Gibson that she was away from her residence at the end of last week and she noticed four calls on her caller id box from a phone listing out of Tennessee. (The number she provided was 901-251-0573).

Thinking that it might be something important, she called the number. The person who answered the call asked her several questions relating to specific information on her telephone account, such as the family name, street address and confirming the telephone number. To each question she answered yes, which is the key to this scam.

Later the same evening, the resident tried to make a long distant phone call but could not. The resident called AT&T and was advised that she had been “slammed”. By answering the three questions with a yes answer, the phone service was transferred without the customers consent.

AT&T has began the transfer to reinstate the phone service back to its original state. It is unknown if there has been any charges made towards the resident at this time.

After checking the internet, Chief Gibson and was directed to http://www.fcc.gov/slamming” and it explained everything that occurred and what to do to correct it within a 30 day period.

Chief Gibson asks that all residents beware of such scams and that they refer to the aforementioned website for more information regarding this problem.

He asks that anyone who needs information about this scam to contact him at (337) 788-4114. He can be reached on his e-mail at kpgibson@crowleypolice.com.

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