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Valdosta Police Warning Residents About Phone Scam Claiming They Won $1 Million

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Valdosta police are warning South Georgia residents about a possible phone scam.

According to one citizen complaint, a male caller told the intended victim she’d won $1 million from the Publishers Clearing House.

But, first she was told she had to purchase a gift card, and then he and a camera crew would be at her house to present the million dollars and authorities say most likely pick up the gift card as well.

Valdosta Police say the real Publishers Clearing House has been contacted, and deputies are investigating this as a possible scam.

So, the VPD is asking all residents to remain vigilant, be cautious about giving out any personal information, and report any tips to the police department’s Crime Tip line at 229-293-3091.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.