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Local police warn area businesses of phone scam

A local employee was scammed out of more than $1,000.
A local employee was scammed out of more than $1,000.(KGTV (custom credit) | (Source: KGTV via CNN))
Updated: May. 15, 2021 at 5:52 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -

Panama City police are warning the public of a phone scam targeting local businesses.

Police officials say they have had multiple reports of calls made on Friday night to area businesses. They say the caller is posing as a Panama City Police Lieutenant.

Officials say the caller tells an employee they have deposited counterfeit bills and they need to buy Green Dot cards to pay back the money. The caller will then try to collect your personal information followed by a list of instructions.

A local employee was scammed out of more than $1,000.

Police officials say the department would never instruct anyone to pay anything through the purchase of payment cards.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Panama City Police Department at 850-872-3100. You can also report tips anonymously via smartphone by downloading the “Panama City PD” Tip411 app from the iOS or Google Play stores.

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