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MARSHALL (KTBS) - The Marshall Police Department wants to warn the public regarding deceptive telephone calls. The Marshall Police Department is currently investigating several
instances in which residents received phone calls from someone posing as
emergency personnel.

The caller informs the person that a loved one has been involved in an accident or
that officers/deputies have a loved one stopped on the side of the road. The person
receiving the call is asked to go to the local emergency room or to the site where the
loved one is being detained. Police say that these calls are thought to be a ploy to get people out of their homes so that they the caller can burglarize the residence.

MPD wants the public to know that there are several ways for people to defend themselves against this hoax. If you should receive a phone call from someone who informs you that law enforcement or hospital personnel need you to come to a certain location, ask the following questions:

(1) What agency do you work for?

(2) Where exactly do I need to come?

(3) Who exactly do you have detained?

Once you get this information and before leaving the residence, call that loved one to try and make contact. Also, call that agency's non-emergency number to see if they actually have an officer/deputy at that location. If the caller advises you to come to the local emergency room, call that emergency room to see if they have that loved one in their facility.

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