Atlantic City police are warning area residents about a phone scam.

A resident called police Sunday saying a man called identifying himself as “Anderson” and claiming the resident had won the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said.

The resident told Officer Matthew Rogers that he was instructed to put $200 on a Green Dot reloadable pre-paid card, according to the report. The resident was then told to call back a number and give “Anderson” the card’s code with the explanation that this would complete a tax issue with the winnings.

After doing this, two individuals were supposed to show up at the man’s house with a check.

The phone number provided by the suspect traces to one connected to numerous phone scams using similar ploys, McMenamin said.

In this case, the resident did not do what was asked, but instead called police.

Atlantic City Police are asking the public to be aware of this type of phone scam and to report any similar phone scam incidents to your local law enforcement agency.

Those who believe they may have been targeted are asked to call police at 609-347-5766.

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