Recently the Minnesota State Patrol has issued a warning about a phone scam that can cost you a lot of money.
Hereâ€™s how it works:
An individual identifying themselves as a state trooper calls you and leaves a phone message that someone in your family has been hurt in an accident. They instruct you to cal *72 followed by a 1-800 number. This should be the first indication that this phone call is bogus. The number they give you allows the caller to hook into your phone number and charge long distance calls and maybe even International calls.
If State Patrol needs to contact you, they will come to your house or call back to talk to you or leave the number to the State Patrol office 601-201-7100.
This type of phone scam is really horrific. A bogus phone call telling you that a family member has been hurt in an accident is mean and despicable. If you receive this type of phone call, contact your local law enforcement agency to report these criminals.