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Birmingham Police issues warning on recent scams

Police say scammers have called people by cell phone, addressing them by their name.
Police say scammers have called people by cell phone, addressing them by their name.(Source: WDAM)
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 3:49 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Birmingham Police Department has issued an alert about a recent scam across the city.

Police say scammers have called people by cell phone, addressing them by their name. The scammer claims to be a supervisor with the Birmingham City Jail, saying that they have the person’s family member in jail, but will release them if a payment is made through Cash App, PayPal, or Green Dot card.

Officials with the Birmingham Police Department say they will never ask for a form of payment over the phone.

If you, or someone you know has fallen victim to this scam, call the Birmingham Police Department’s Financial Crime Division at 205-254-1761.

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