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Avoid Phone Scams

Police say one of the more popular scams recently involves calls made by someone claiming to be a relative in an emergency situation asking for money on a prepaid card.

Seniors are often the target of such scams but it can happen to anyone.

Police say the easiest way to protect yourself from such calls is to have caller ID.

If you do not recognize the number, don't answer.

If you do answer and realize the call is a scam hang up immediately and contact police.

Police say check with other family members to verify the legitimacy of the money request and they do not advise you to put money on a prepaid card.

That is a big red flag.

Sometimes scammers will imitate trusted companies and ask you for your information over the phone.

Authorities say that's also sign of a scam and you should not offer up any personal information or money.

ABC NewsChannel 15's Heather Good reports