The Warrant Scam is Back: PHONE + MONEY = SCAM

Source: City of Coronado Police Department

Be aware of someone calling and pretending to be a Coronado Police Department employee asking you for money in the form of gift cards. IT IS A SCAM

Late last week, we took a crime report from a resident who fell victim to the scam.

Here’s how the scam works: Someone calls stating that they are a Coronado Police Officer (uses a real CPD name) and that you have a warrant out for your arrest because you failed to appear for Federal Jury Duty. The caller advises you to immediately pay the $1,000 fine in lieu of arrest. The caller then instructs you to purchase gift cards. Then the caller instructs you to pay over the phone by reading the gift card numbers back to them.

To sound believable, the scammers will use a real police officer’s name or police telephone number which can be found online. They will also use Caller ID “spoofing,” which makes it appear as though the call is coming from the police department or court office.

The scammer will try to intimidate you and as a scare tactic say “You have a warrant out for your arrest. Pay up or you will end up in jail!”

FACT: No police or sheriff’s employee will EVER contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. If you get this call, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY!

FACT: Outstanding warrants cannot be resolved over the phone!

PHONE + MONEY = SCAM

 

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com