Scammer uses Columbia Police Department phone number

4 years 11 months 1 day ago Thursday, June 25 2015 Jun 25, 2015 Thursday, June 25, 2015 2:03:00 PM CDT June 25, 2015 in News
By: Katie Grunik, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Police are warning citizens Thursday about a scam involving the police department phone number. 

According to the Columbia Police Department, two people reported receiving a scam phone call from the Columbia Police Department phone number.

The caller is described by police as a man with an Indian accent claiming to be a CPD detective. They said he asked callers for personal information like their social security numbers and dates of birth. CPD is unsure where he is calling from.

Police warn the caller ID will display as 573-874-7404 which is a CPD number. They said this is the first time someone has used the police department number in a scam.

CPD said it put up a Facebook post as soon as it got the calls. The post said: "The Columbia Police Department is NOT calling citizens asking for personal information."

Anyone who receives a call from the scammer is advised not to give out any of their information and to report it immediately to the Columbia Police Department. 

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