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New phone scam targets businesses

Johnson City Press • Nov 19, 2019 at 8:36 AM

Someone with a new phone scam has area businesses in its sights by trying to convince an employee their boss is stealing from the establishment.

“Businesses have received calls – typically late in the evening or near closing time – from individuals identifying themselves as a corporate office representatives,” according to Johnson City Police Lt. Kevin Peters, who issued a press release Monday.

“They say they are conducting an audit due to accounting discrepancies and advise the person who answers not to identify management because they are the ones suspected of stealing from the business. The caller has instructed employees to take money from a register or safe and deposit it into a bank account or to place the money on a prepaid debit card and provide them the card number.”

Peters said any business owners or managers should notify their employees about this scam and instruct them not to give out any store-related information or to move money outside of standard business practices.

Any call similar to what’s described should be reported immediately to the department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 423-434-6166.

Anyone with possible information about this type of incident is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 423-434-6166 or Crimestoppers at 423-434-6158. Anonymous tips can be submitted by texting 423JCPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411) or via the internet at www.citizenobserver.com.

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