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Warning: Telephone Scam Artists Target Wimberley, Some Claim to Be Collecting for Wimberley High School
What to do if you receive one of these calls:

Do not reveal personal identifying information.
Do not give out bank account or credit card numbers.
Do not give out additional contact information, such as fax numbers or email addresses.
Ask questions, but answer none.
Report the call.
Telephone calls made to Wimberley residents and businesses from callers asking for donations to Wimberley High School and/or organizations have raised many questions. The following caller ID appears for some of these calls:

CALIFORNIA CALL
1-206-278-9554

WISD Superintendent Marian Strauss has requested that you report any calls you receive from this number, or any that you suspect,  to Wimberley ISD at 512-847-2414.

Experts remind us to never offer any information over the telephone to a caller whose identification you cannot confirm. Ask questions, give no information, and confirm and/or report any calls you receive from those who say that they are collecting money for the school or school projects.

Superintendent Strauss is working with the Hays County Sheriff's Department to investigate this activity. Please report any information you may have about suspicious calls to WISD and/or the Attorney General's office.

Also, please warn your neighbors and friends about any suspicious calls. Once the word is out, few people should fall for a scam.

The FTC warns that fraudulent telemarketers try to take advantage of people who are trusting and polite toward strangers. Older women living alone are special targets of these scam artists, although anyone can fall prey. Here are some reasons people become victims of telemarketing fraud:

    * Often it's hard to know whether a sales call is legitimate. Telephone con artists are skilled at sounding believable even when they're really telling lies.
    * Sometimes telephone con artists reach you when you're feeling lonely. They may call day after day until you think a friend, not a stranger, is trying to sell you something.
    * Some telephone salespeople have an answer for everything. You may find it hard to get them off the phone even if they're selling something you're not interested in because you don't want to be rude. Go ahead. Be rude.
    * You may be promised free gifts, prizes, or vacations or the "investment of a lifetime" but only if you act "right away." It may sound like a really good deal. In fact, telephone con artists are only after your money. Don't give it to them.

Check out the resources below to find out how to protect yourself from this criminal activity that makes it more difficult for legitimate charities to contact those who would like to really help.


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