Phone scammers “spoofing” KCPD phone number
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2014
For more information, contact:
Sergeant Rob Rickett, Fraud Section
Phone scammers claim to be with Kansas City Police
Kansas City Police have heard from about 20 people in the past two days who said scammers were calling them to demand money, claiming affiliation with KCPD.
The scammer is “spoofing” KCPD’s main administrative phone number – 816-234-5000 – to show up on potential victims’ caller IDs.
The scam has been around for some time and involves a suspect calling a potential victim claiming that money is needed to clear something up – an overdue bill, back taxes – or else a warrant will be issued for their arrest. The caller demands the potential victim send money through an online account or orders them to get a prepaid debit card to resolve the issue and provide the card’s numbers to the caller.
People receiving the recent calls have reported the caller had a Middle Eastern accent. Some also have reported they have received multiple calls from the spoofed 234-5000 number in the same day.
Residents should be aware that KCPD members never will contact them in such a manner to demand money, nor will any other reputable organization. If you receive such a call, do not provide any financial or personal information. Hang up. Some of the scammers have been persistent and called repeatedly. You can report the number as a harassing caller to your phone company, who may be able to block the caller. You also can choose to make a police report by calling or going to any patrol division station.
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