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Phone Scammers Target Pittsfield Residents

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Scammers are allegedly making phone calls that appear to come from the city to con residents.
 
The Police Department issued a release on Thursday saying that someone claiming to represent the "Vietnam Veterans Association of Massachusetts" has been calling people asking for money to donate for hurricane Harvey relief packages.
 
The alleged scammer is "masking" the phone number so that it appears to be coming from the city's Office of Veterans Affairs.
 
The department is telling people that those calls are not legitimate and "if a caller asks you to tape money to your door or leave it in your mailbox, you should be skeptical."
 
"If you want to provide support and relief to people impacted b natural disasters, please utilize legitimate and recognized national organizations or those specific entities that are identified b y the impacted municipalities. Please be smart with your support and donations," reads the statement from the Pittsfield Police Department.
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