CELINA — The Celina Police Department is alerting the public of phone scams being reported in the area.
Recent phone scams include people calling and claiming to be from a government agency, such as the FBI or the IRS threatening people with prison if a payment is not made. Another scam involves a caller informing victims that they have won a prize, such as money or a car, and that taxes and shipping fees are required to claim the prize. Others will send a check, asking for a small amount of cash in return. These checks take weeks to go through the banking system before coming back as fakes. Police advise residents to never give out financial information over the phone.