Phone scams

Cops don’t call for cash

Law enforcement never calls or emails you about paying them money.

How scammers pose as law enforcement

  • Demanding payment for a missed court date, jury duty or other legal matter
  • Claiming there is a warrant issued in your name
  • Threatening arrest unless you pay a fine
  • Directing you to buy a prepaid money transfer card and give the card number to them
  • Faking their phone number so it appears valid on caller ID

Protect yourself

  • Refuse to give the scammer any information
  • Don’t send them any payments
  • Hang up and don’t trust that caller ID shows their real identity
  • Record their number and save any voicemails
  • Look up the real number for the law enforcement agency the scammer mentioned and contact that office directly