The Wilmington Police Department is receiving higher than normal complaints about telephone scams. Please be aware that if you receive a call from a person that’s identifies themselves as a family member, usually a grandchild, asking for money for an emergency it is most likely a scam. Please call your family member directly to verify it was a family member. The other ones involve the estates from long lost relatives, IRS, property taxes, banks updating credit card information promising lower rates, etc. Some are even from our local exchange 464 numbers. Never give out identifying information such as your birth date, social security numbers or verify the account number to these persons. The authentic organizations will never ask for that information over the phone. For more information on telephone scams check the Federal Trade Commission’s website, https://www.ftc.gov/, under scams.