SALT LAKE CITY— The Salt Lake City Police Department has received several calls from citizens reporting that our phone number is being used to scam people out of money. The caller will state that money is owed or that if money is not paid the police will come and make an arrest, this is a scam.
The scammer often uses “spoofing” technology that allows them to make their call appear to come from a legitimate source. This “spoofing” can also make it look like a utility or some other government agency is calling. These scammers may be calling from halfway around the world and pose no threat to you. Do not give in to them or you will lose your money.
Law enforcement will not call members of the public demanding money for any reason. The payment of warrants is handled through the courts system and not through local police agencies.
Tips to Avoid Common Fraud Schemes, from http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud: