Scam alert

The Swatara Township Police Department would like to remind residents and visitors to be very cautious about phone calls they receive when the caller is asking for money. Although some of these calls might be legitimate requests from organizations looking for donations, thieves have taken to this practice in order to steal your hard-earned money. In our area, those callers have been known to allege to be with the IRS and threaten imprisonment if you refuse to send money. The caller might also allege to be calling from a reputable organization like the Fraternal Order of Police or the Sheriff's Organization. Other scam artists will try to convince you that a family member is in jail and requires money for bail. If you are ever asked to purchase gift cards and call back with the numbers on those cards, it is a scam; hang up immediately.

So long as you have not provided any personal information over the phone, disconnecting the call should be all that you need to do in order to terminate the interaction. However, if you are concerned about a possible scam call that you received or information that you provided you should report it to your local police department for further advice.