MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Midland Police are warning residents about a new scam being reported in the area.
Police say the suspects state they're with American Recovery & Reinvestment of 2009. They are telling people that if they send $500 through Western Union, they'll receive $7,000. The calls have been originating from the number 202-657-5337 out of Washington, D.C.
Officials say the number has previously been linked to another scam where the scammer congratulated the unsuspecting person for being a regular tax payer with no criminal record and the person had won a $9,000 U.S. government grant by lottery at random.
They were told all that they have to do is pay a total of $250 in order to reserve a spot at the Federal Reserve Bank and within 15-20 minutes they would receive $9,000 + the $250 that was sent.