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Posted on: July 22, 2022

[ARCHIVED] JOHNSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT WARNS ABOUT IMPOSTER SCAM CALLS

Johnston Police Department Warns About Imposter Scam Calls

The Johnston Police Department is warning residents about a new imposter scam call. The scammers will impersonate a member of the Johnston Police Department. While impersonating the officer, the scammers will attempt to solicit payment for the withdrawal of a warrant. The scammers number will come through as the Johnston Police Department’s non-emergency number 515-278-2345.

The Johnston Police Department offers these tips to avoid imposter scams:

  • Don’t trust caller ID readings – scammers often spoof names and numbers to make them appear like a local caller.
  • Police agencies will not call the subject of a warrant demanding some sort of monetary payment to avoid arrest. If you do receive a call like this, it is likely a scam call. 
  • 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 information.
  • Hang up if anyone directs you to pay using store gift cards, money wires or mailed cash. These are often used because they are difficult to trace.

If you do receive a scam phone call, please contact the Johnston Police Department at 515-278-2345.

 

 

 

 

 

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