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Posted on: January 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] JOHNSTON POLICE WARN RESIDENTS OF NEW PHONE SCAM

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The Johnston Police Department is warning residents about a new imposter scam. The scammers are impersonating a fake Johnston Police Officer and asking for gift cards. As a reminder, the Johnston Police Department would never call and ask you for money. Please follow these tips below to keep yourself safe from a scam. 
  • Don’t trust caller ID readings – scammers often spoof names and numbers to make them appear like a local caller. 
  • Let numbers you do not recognize go directly to voicemail. And do not call unknown numbers back.
  • Hang up on anyone who threatens you with arrest, legal action, or seizure of your accounts.
  • Do not converse with anyone online that you do not know, and certainly do not share any personal photos or information of yourself.
  • Hang up if anyone directs you to pay using store gift cards, money wires, or mailed cash. These tactics are often used because they are difficult to trace.
If you do receive a scam call, please contact the Johnston Police Department at (515) 278-2345.

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