Granby Police warn of phone scams
May 22, 2014
Citizens in the Granby area have been receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House and/or Bank of America. The caller is telling citizens that they have won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes or a similar prize, and they will soon receive a significant sum of money. The caller then informs the citizen that all they need to do in order to receive their prize is send a 1 percent delivery fee to facilitate the transfer of funds.
Another telephone scam that has been reported involved a telephone call claiming that the called person's utility service will be disconnected within a relatively short period of time unless the person immediately wires money. Utility companies do not function in this manner and will officially communicate with any customer prior to terminating utility service.
Citizens should be aware that such practices are scams and a citizen should never send money in response to a telephone request. A legitimate business will always be able to provide contact information in order to verify the authenticity of any phone conversation.
If citizens receive phone calls of this nature, they should report the incident to their local police or sheriff's department.