Originally published February 22, 2013 at 07:16p.m., updated February 22, 2013 at 10:26p.m.
ALBANY, Ga. — A spokesperson for the Albany Police Department said police have received several complaints recently from residents who have been approached by strangers seeking money to buy gasoline.
“We’re getting calls to our front desk from people who said someone knocked on their front door and asked for gas money,” said Phyllis Banks, police spokesperson. “We’ve also had incidents where they would walk up to people in a parking lot asking for gas money.
“It’s a scam, and people need to be careful. You should call APD immediately at (229) 431-2132 if its not an emergency, or call 911 if it is an emergency.”
Banks said one individual knocked on someone’s front door asking to use a telephone, claiming he had just moved into the house next door. Once the person used the telephone, he claimed to not have his wallet and asked for money to buy gasoline.
In this case, Banks said, the house next door had not been for sale and the person at the front door was a scammer.