Scammers pose as police, IRS in latest phone scheme to circulate the area.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE

If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize from someone claiming to be a police officer or the Internal Revenue Service, beware.

That’s the latest scam circulating through the area, according to the Stephenville Police Department.

“The callers are using technology to change their phone number,” stated a release from the SPD. “The calls appear to come from multiple local phone numbers including the nonemergency police number for this agency.”

The callers claim to have warrants for the recipient of the call.

The SPD said an officer will never request that you provide money to avoid a warrant being issued.

“It is common in these types of scams for payment to be requested in the form of money cards, prepaid credit cards or Apple pay cards,” the release said. “If you receive a call and are unsure of the caller’s identity do not provide personal information or payment over the phone.”

If you have been a victim of this scam or have information about it, call the SPD’s nonemergency number at 254-918-1273.

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