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People ward off scam phone calls

Every time you turn around another scam warning is being announced. Sadly, we have a few more to warn you about. Every time you turn around another scam warning is being announced. Sadly, we have a few more to warn you about.
Bates called the caller out on the scam and hung up. She hopes you do the same if you get a similar call. Bates called the caller out on the scam and hung up. She hopes you do the same if you get a similar call.

(WMC-TV) - Every time you turn around another scam warning is being announced. Sadly, we have a few more to warn you about.

A WMC Action News 5 viewer got a suspicious phone call Tuesday around 9:45 p.m. The caller did not ask for Leslie Bates by name; he said she owed the city money for traffic tickets and it was time to pay up with a money order.

"I knew when he said it was from the traffic division at 9:45 at night, I knew there was something wrong," said Leslie Bates. "He got a little rude with me and said it was my own stupid fault that I hadn't paid my parking tickets and yeah, I got really rude back with him."

Bates called the caller out on the scam and hung up. She hopes you do the same if you get a similar call.

"I wonder how many other people have gotten that phone call and are getting scared and gone and getting money orders," said Bates.

Here is another one.

Another WMC Action News 5 viewer reports getting a call asking for money in return for a chance to win a $9,000 federal grant.

As you guessed, it was another scam. During this call, the number had a 202 area code. The Washington, D.C. area code is one often used for scam calls.

Memphis Police Department is investigating to see if these phone scam cases should be investigated.

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