The Brazil City Police Department provided The Brazil Times with information Wednesday regarding a new "telemarketing scam" taking place in the area.
"We've been inundated with phone calls, as well as our local Walmart store, reporting telemarketers telling people they have won a gift card," Police Chief Dave Archer said. "The telemarketer then asks for $4 to cover the cost of shipping and a credit card number as confirmation."
Although only Walmart gift cards have been cited in the recent reports, Archer said the scam could be tailored for anything a person would consider valuable. However, Archer said people should to be wary of these types of scams.
"If you really won something, the company would not have you pay for the shipping costs or provide a credit card number," Archer said, adding residents should disregard these types of calls. "It's really true. If (the deal) sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
Officials urge people who have caller-ID to make a note of the phone number if they believe a caller is a possible scam artist. The information will help an investigation.
To report information about this case, or any other, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.