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Police, Fishersville Man Warn of Phone Scam

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A phone scam is making the rounds. This time a Fishersville man says a caller tried to get his credit card information.

George Varner says the caller was aggressive, calling him nine times in one evening claiming to be part of the federal government. The caller starts by offering a lot of money, but police are warning people not to fall for the trick.

“A branch of the federal government was handing out grant checks at the sum of $8,000,” said Varner.

That's how it started for Varner when the first call came in about a month ago.

He says the offer sounded a little sketchy, but he thought, ‘Hey, why not?’

"I said 'well that'd be great, with the economic times today, everybody could use an extra $8,000,'" he said.

Varner didn't get a check in the mail, but he did hear back from the caller last week, about a month after the first call came in, and they had the same offer for him.

"She asked me if I could give her my credit card or debit card number.  I said 'no ma'am.' I said, 'if you're with the federal government you've got my address and all, just mail me the check,'" Varner said.

At that point, Varner's phone started to ring again, and again. The same person called back nine times in one night and demanded he provide his credit card information.

“It's basically harassment and they're just trying to see how gullible you are to fall for their flim-flam type deal that they're putting on,” said Varner.

The number is out of Dallas, Texas, 214-228-4484. Police are warning people never to give callers like these any sort of personal data.

"You can pretty much tell in the first few minutes of the conversation that if it's a deal that's too good to be true, that is, free money and you don't have to do anything except give a credit card or debit card number, then it's probably a scam,” said Sgt. Brian Edwards of the Waynesboro Police Department.

“I don't want to see a bunch of elderly people taken by this scam, and I don't want to see the younger generation too,” said Varner.

As for Varner, he called police and didn't pay the caller and now he's on a mission to make sure no one falls for the trick.

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