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.