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Scam Alert!!

There are hundreds of ways to lose money to a scam artist.  Most successful scams are founded upon the victim's own greed.  The promise of something for nothing or the promise of a fantastic deal is often the come-on. Remember. you don't get something for nothing.  If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably isn't.  Strangers rarely offer to split found cash or share their lottery winnings.
 
Phone Scam
Several residents in the city have received collect calls from various jails, and accepted the calls thinking a friend or relative was in trouble. The "caller" tells the homeowner something like, "I don't know how I got connected to your number, I was trying to reach my mom/friend/parent/relative to let them know I was in jail". The homeowner feeling sorry for the person takes the bait, and the "caller" sets the hook with one final plea for help. It goes something like this, "I only get one call so please, please I need you to call my mom at work and let her know I'm in jail. Her number is 281-XXX-XXXX, but you have to dial " * 72 " before the number because it's a business/PBX line". Dialing " * 72 " or "star 72" followed by "mom's" phone number transfers your phone number to the number you just dialed. Oops! They now have your line and can make long distance calls without your knowledge, and it's on your nickel. This can get expensive quick. Dailing " * 73 " reverses the process.

City of Wharton
120 East Caney Street
Wharton, Texas 77488
Phone: (979) 532-2491

Wharton Volunteer Fire Department
319 N. Fulton St.
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-4811 Ext 400

info@whartonfire.com

Wharton Police Department
1407 N Richmond Rd

Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-3131

City of Wharton Civic Center
1924 N Fulton St.
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-2491 Ext 600
Wharton Emergency Management
1407 N Richmond Rd.
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-4811 Ext 570
 
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