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Winter-like conditions will be possible for middle Tennessee this weekend. A freeze warning is in effect for Friday and Saturday night. Temperatures will drop to around the freezing mark in Nashville and upper 20s outside the metro area. Saturday night will be even colder with temperatures dropping as low as the mid-20s outside the metro. Breezy NW winds will add to the chill. Bring plants and pets indoors for the weekend and make sure outdoor vegetation is protected as well. In addition to the cold, rain showers along the Cumberland Plateau will change over to light snow overnight. 

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SCAM ALERT: Inmates Stealing Your Phone Number, BBB says -- Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Inmates are exploiting tragedy to steal victims’ phone accounts, according to the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee.

The BBB is calling it the *72 scam.  Here’s how they say it works:

Scammers call your phone in the middle of the night, hoping to catch you disoriented.

A voice tells you a loved one has been seriously hurt, and listed you as an emergency contact,

The voice tells you to call the emergency hotline, with the prefix *72.

The *72 enables a call forwarding feature, which then connects to a payphone in the Texas prison system where inmates can charge expensive collect calls to your account.

The attorney general of Texas warned consumers in the Lone Star State about a similar scam in 2004.

The BBB says it seems the scam is making a comeback, and this time, scammers are dialing numbers across the country.

"It won't be long that BBB will start getting reports here locally,” said Kathleen Calligan, CEO of the BBB of Middle Tennessee.

Calligan said if you think you've been a victim, you should dial *73 immediately to deactivate the call-forwarding feature.

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