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Updated: 5/07/2014 5:09 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Starkville Police Departments asks citizens to be aware of a phone scam in the area.

Officials say people have been calling residents and claiming to be with organizations raising money for a law enforcement or charity fund.

The Starkville Police Department says it does not solicit funds via phone or email, and citizens should hang up immediately if called.

Authorities have had reports of other scams in the area involving sweepstakes, prizes and raising money for storm victims. Another scam circulating tells citizens to cash a check sent to them, keep a portion of the money and send the rest of the funds to a different address.

The police department says residents should not provide any funds or information to such callers.

To avoid scams, authorities say residents should be watchful of any email or social media website asking for personal information, be wary of sweepstakes asking for money before sending a prize, never cash a check on another's behalf and always check out organizations to insure they are registered with the Mississippi Secretary of State.

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