Columbia police warn about a possible phone scam
COLUMBIA - A phone scam may be plaguing multiple Boone County residents this week, according to the Columbia Police Department.
CPD said it has received calls this week about the Phone Warrant Scam. In this scam, the caller impersonates a deputy or court employee in an attempt to gain personal and financial information.
The caller tells people they have a warrant for their arrest and asks for debit or credit information to take care of the fake warrant. Columbia police said government agencies do not telephone anyone asking for payment with debit, credit or green dot cards.
Columbia police said scammers have tried this tactic in the past.
CPD released some safety tips to avoid phone scams:
- Never give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
- If you call the number that called you back to verify the information and a recording picks up not stating the name of the company, it's a scam.
- If something doesn't seem right, it's not right.
If you have information about a fraud, report it to your local law enforcement agency.