Watch for holiday scams

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 08:14 AM

To Tony Matthews, the voice on the other line sounded sincere.

The caller, who said her name was Lori, claimed to be employed by the Lenoir Police Department and said she was trying to raise money for area law enforcement to buy a dinner, coats and shoes for underprivileged children.

But Matthews was suspicious, so he called the police department, which told him that its officers do not solicit donations.

Police say others being scammed might not be so vigilant as Matthews, especially during the holidays.

"This is the time of year that these types of scams work," Capt. Brent Phelps said. "This is a giving time of year. People want to help."

Phelps was not aware of this particular caller but said people should be wary of phone callers asking for money.

"Most credible agencies will send information through the mail, and send a follow-up letter," he said.

Phelps urges people who suspect they are being scammed to call their local law enforcement agency.