Tyler Police release statement on phone scams; don't be a victim


The Tyler Police Department is warning residents of a phone scam involving a caller identifying themselves as working for the Tyler Police Department and asking for donations.

Officials with the police department said the Tyler Police Department will not solicit any monetary funds over the phone, and said these types of scams are common. The scammers will say they’re associated with police, fire department or even the military, but give little details about their organization.

“If you get one of these calls, do not donate money - just hang up.”

The scammer will ask for money and is often pushy or aggressive with their request, police said.

Police advise residents who receive such calls to take several steps, including:

• Request written information about the company.

• Ask how your money will be used.

• Research the company.

- Staff Reports

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