Evansville Police Department warns of phone scam

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- The Evansville Police Department is warning the public about an increase in phone scams across the Tri-State Area.

Authorities say the scammer will pose as an officer or representative, demanding payment for any number of violations including missing jury duty, unpaid tickets, or an arrest warrant.

In a release, the Evansville Police Department says the scammers will demand payment in the form of prepaid gift cards, specifically giving the activation numbers from the cards over the phone.

Police say some scammers have recently told victims to drive to a local police station or sheriff’s office and wait in the parking lot, only to be called later for the activation numbers.

The scammers reportedly research the names of real officers and spoof caller ID with actual law enforcement phone numbers. However, Evansville Police say law enforcement will never call to demand payment over the phone for a warrant, tickets, or a fine and they’ll also never ask for a gift card or bitcoin.

Instead, police say victims should just hang up on the scammers.

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(This story was originally published on May 29, 2020)


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