Chief: Fundraising calls for law enforcement are not legit

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi and Gulfport police say if you get a call asking to help their department with a donation this holiday season, don't do it. Both Biloxi Police Chief John Miller and Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania say their departments are in no way soliciting money over the phone.

Chief Miller said it's actually a telemarketing scheme, and his department has received several complaints from residents. Investigators say the scammers tell folks they're collecting money for local law enforcement. But return calls to the alleged company are directed to an automated system, or just disconnected.

Experts say if you get one of these robo-calls, follow these tips:

  1. It is best not to answer the phone.
  2. If that is not an option, hang up immediately upon determining that it is an unsolicited prerecorded telemarketing phone call.
  3. Never press a button if prompted by a recording. Any type of participation with the call may increase the number of calls you receive in the future.

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