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Boise PD: Scammers using our phone number

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Posted at 11:47 AM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 13:48:27-04

The Boise Police Department is warning Treasure Valley residents to be aware of a new scam that appears to be from a Boise Police Department phone number.

The scammers have taken a phone number and replaced it with a Boise Police phone number. The victim then believes that an officer has a warrant out for their arrest due to an unpaid payday type loan.

Don’t fall for the trick. 

Here are some tips from the Boise Police Department.

•        If you pick up a call and hear a ringing noise that automatically connects you to a live person, often times it’s an auto-dialer.  If you determine it’s a scam, hang up and report the activity.
•         Be wary of calls with unknown area codes and unknown numbers.
•         Do not give out personal information.
•         Never give out bank account information or a credit, debit or pre-paid cash card number over the phone. Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to send money.
•         Do not call numbers back left by solicitors or respond to calls with unfamiliar area codes. Instead, verify the number and call back a published number from the phone book, web page, etc..

If you are unsure if you have a warrant, then visit here or call the Ada County Records at 208-577-3000.