LaGrange Police Dept. warns of phone scam

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - The LaGrange Police Department is warning residents of a recent phone scam.

A local citizen received a message from a person who claimed there are serious allegations against her that are being investigated by the police. The caller requested a callback right away to discuss the case before legal action is taken.

The call came from 661-451-1047.

The LaGrange Police Department says phone fraudsters are using the threat of arrest or legal action to pressure people into giving hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars. They say police in Georgia, Kansas, Oregon, and Florida, have been receiving reports of phone scams where callers are impersonating police officers.

Callers tell potential victims they have an outstanding warrant for an unpaid debt and that a fine is due. The scammers then convince people to make payments through Western Union or with a prepaid credit card.

The LaGrange Police Department is advising the public that none of its local law enforcement agencies notify people about arrest warrants by phone and they do not accept money to clear them by phone.

The department gives the following tips on how to handle such scam calls:

  • Do not call the person back
  • If you answer the call and realize it’s a scam, end the call immediately
  • Do not give scammers any personal information or money under any circumstance

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