Police in Carroll Township are warning residents of two telephone scams that were reported to them recently.
In one scam, a caller told a resident that he or she can receive a $7,000 federal grant for being a good citizen. But in order to receive the money, the resident was told to pay a $20 fee for a prepaid debit card, according to a news release from police.
The caller has also asked for personal information, police said.
In the second scam, a 95-year-old woman told police that she received a call from someone telling her she won $15,000 through the Publishers Clearing House. But to receive the purported winnings, she was told to first send the caller $150, police said.
Police say scammers usually target older residents. Relatives and caretakers should be on the lookout for these types of scams, especially when an older persons tells them they won a contest they did not enter.
- Reach Greg Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org.