Note: Scammers may also spoofed other telephone numbers.
The scammers who make the fake calls will ask for payments via pre-paid debit cards, Western Union, MoneyGram or other money transfer services over the telephone that will not allow the victims to get their money back.
So, residents are ask to beware of phone calls where the callers claim that they are police officers or government officials, and threatens arrest or legal action if money is not immediately paid over the phone. Not because the caller's number appears on their caller ID as 911, necessarily means that it came from the legitimate emergency dispatcher telephone number: 911.
Importantly, the government will never call from 911 or other telephone numbers asking for payments over the telephone. Most of the fake calls that have been reported so far, the callers claim that the potential victims should contact the Attorney General’s Office or a warrant will be issued for their arrest.
We are advising people who have received the fake 911 or other fake government agency calls, where the callers ask for payments, to not follow the instructions by the callers and do not call the telephone numbers the callers ask them to call, even out of curiosity. Calling the fake numbers, will alert the scammers that their numbers are valid and they will continue to receive more fraudulent telephone calls.