Unknown persons are calling residents claiming to be from an attorney’s office or some other legally-related agency.
The caller notifies the recipient that there is a warrant for their arrest with their local police department and to call a certain number to get it cleared up.
Of course, there is no warrant, and the phone number isn’t for their local police department.
Something to look out for though – the scammers, when they call you, are spoofing (faking, mimicking) phone numbers and caller IDs. The number could show some seemingly random phone number, it could show your phone number or even your local police department’s phone number.
NEVER pick up your mobile phone if your own phone number is on the caller ID – you’re not calling yourself.
NEVER give out personal financial or identifying information to strange, unknown, suspicious callers over the phone. They’re calling you – they should know, right?
ALWAYS keep a note of the caller ID and pass it along to your local police department so that it can be reported to the appropriate authorities.
ALWAYS look out for your friends and neighbors. These panic-type scams focus mostly on the uninformed and elderly. Try to keep those around you aware.