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#FraudFriday- Fake Police Calls


#FraudFriday- Fake Police Calls

#FraudFriday- Fake Police Calls

Have you received a call from someone claiming to be a representative of law enforcement telling you you’re in trouble and must pay to clear the situation? Be aware that it may be a scam!

This scam is profoundly disturbing because of the level of intimidation thieves are willing to commit to stealing money from law abiding citizens. 

How this scam works:
An unsuspected victim will receive a call from what appears to be a legitimate police telephone number. The scammer may identify themselves as a police officer or a deputy sheriff using a legitimate title and name from a law enforcement agency. 

The scammer will then proceed to tell the caller they either have an outstanding warrant, missed a jury duty appearance that has turned into a warrant, or has unpaid tickets.

The thief may instruct the caller to purchase “green dot “cards with a specific dollar amount or wire money into a particular bank account. 

Police will not do the following:
• Police will not call to advise you of an outstanding warrant.
• Police will not ask for payment over the phone. 
• Police will not ask for personal or financial information.
• Police will not instruct you to wire money.
• Police will not send a police vehicle to arrest you if you refuse to make a payment.

If you receive a call like this, please do the following:
• DO NOT release personal or financial information if asked.
• DO NOT wire or purchase gift cards to be used as payment.
• Call the respective police agency if the scammer identifies themselves from a specific agency and advise them of the conversation to verify the authenticity of the call or to report the incident. 
• If you don’t recognize the telephone number let the call go to voicemail. 
Please be aware of this scam and don’t become the next victim.