AUGUSTA – Augusta police have issued a warning about a scam.
Over the last few days, they have fielded three complaints from residents saying they received calls from someone claiming to be from their department.
Deputy Chief Kevin Lully said the caller used an application to “spoof” the police department’s phone number so it appeared the call was actually coming from them on caller IDs.
“Somebody identified themselves as one of our officers. Said they had outstanding warrants, outstanding debts, that they had to either purchase a prepaid debit card or would have to pay over the phone and provide credit card information,” Lully said.
Lully said that should be a red flag because no police department would ask people to buy a prepaid debit card or ask for credit card information over the phone.
He said anyone who has received one of these calls should report it to their local law enforcement agency.
Anyone with information regarding the origin or identity of the person involved in this incident is asked to call the Augusta Police Department at 626-2370.