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Potential Scam Targets QCA

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It's a problem plaguing many Americans in this technological age, possible scammers trying to fish for your information on the phone or online. And now, reports of a potential new scam in our area.

Folks who were targeted tell us it is downright scary. A voice on the other end of the line , saying you are in serious trouble, you need a lawyer and you don't have a lot of time to respond. The message comes from a phone number with a 2-1-0 area code. And if you don't answer, the caller leaves a message. "This is the Civil Investigations Unit.  We are contacting you pursuant to a claim number being filed against you." The message goes on to say you must appear in court, and you or your attorney have 24 hours to respond.

We called the number back and got a recorded message saying we'd reached 'Colonial Process Services'.  No information on that company during an internet search, except report after report on message boards, saying this is a scam. People, expressing concern, and even fear, over the threats in the message.

While local police say they haven't gotten official reports about this one, they urge you to use caution when it comes to giving out your personal information. Moline Police Sgt. Terry Garmon says, "When someone calls, the last thing you want to do is fall for their trap. And if they're asking for personal information, you know that's a red flag. But more so is just the urgency that you have to respond immediately or something's gonna happen."

He says police or any other reputable business, like your bank or insurance company, will not ask you for personal information over the phone. And if someone does, officers say file a report. But at the same time, they say there are a lot of those reports coming in. And many times the scammers aren't local, so they can be tough to track.  Police say the other rule of thumb when it comes to these scams, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Just hang up.