On Your Side: Police phone scam warning

Published: Oct. 10, 2022 at 4:26 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2022 at 4:57 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -Viewers tell On Your Side they’re getting phone calls from police officers asking for donations.

Most of the time, it’s a scam.

There are legit non-profits and fundraisers, especially when an officer or deputy is hurt. Crooks hope they can confuse you. They tried to pull a fast one on the Springfield Police Department chief.

“I got a call about a month ago, similar to that from a nationwide policing organization that wanted me to donate to their fund that was going to help officers and their families. My response was, ‘That’s interesting. I’m the chief of police, and I’m not aware of anything like that.’ They hung up. I would just encourage people to just hang up on them,” said Springfield Police Department Chief Paul Williams.

Swindlers impersonate law enforcement in hopes you’ll do what they ask. They’ll use real non-profit names and events and pose like they’re with the group.

Your caller ID might even display the police department’s actual number. Don’t be fooled. That’s caller ID spoofing. A hoax to make you think you’re talking to a real officer.

By the way, The Priebe Strong Run is later this month. Organizers are not making cold calls asking for donations. If you get a similar call, hang up. Research the claim. Do not give any money unless you are 100% sure about it.

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