- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police says more Des Moines residents and businesses are being targeted by scams that involve money card payments.

The Des Moines Register says (https://dmreg.co/1g8TMqg) authorities have received reports of several such fraud attempts.

A caller who claims to be with a business, utility or law enforcement calls and claims that the victim is behind on a payment and will face loss of services or legal consequences if they don’t pay immediately. The caller tells the victim to purchase a money card and call back with the card number.

In recent months, officials have taken reports where callers claimed to be from MidAmerican Energy, the IRS and a law enforcement official that arrested the victim’s family member. Suspects can sometimes create a fake caller ID to make the call appear legitimate.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com


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