Stockbridge victimized by scam targeting residents - CBS46 News

Stockbridge victimized by scam targeting residents

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Scammers are making calls to residents that look like they're coming from a city office in Stockbridge.

City Manager David Milliron told CBS Atlanta News the crooks are using software to make the victims think the city is trying to collect money from them.

"You really have to be suspect of who is calling. Are they really who they say they are?" said Milliron.

The scammers are calling people and posing as city debt collectors.

During those phone calls, the city's phone number shows up on the victims' caller ID.

"They're saying that they had warrants out for their arrest, that they had unpaid tickets at the court," said Milliron.

Milliron said the callers are likely mimicking the city's phone number by using software that can be found online.

He believes the callers are trying to get personal information from unsuspecting victims to open up bogus Payday Loans.

Cissy Ridgeway's neighbors were targeted by the scammers.

"One of them works for the school system, and the other is retired," said Ridgeway.

But instead of giving in, her neighbors called the city to ask more questions.

"We don't call folks and tell them that they have unpaid tickets or that we're going to shake you down for money," said Milliron.

So far, there are no reports of anyone actually falling for the scam. But he wants to get the word out so it stays that way.

"For that to go on, there is no telling how many other people they're targeting. So it's sad," said Ridgeway.

Henry County Police told CBS Atlanta News that right now they don't have an open investigation, since no one has reported actually falling for the scam.

Police want to hear from anyone who thinks they may have been scammed.

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