PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Woodburn Police Department doesn’t call people to request payment or clear any warrants.
That’s why you should hang up immediately if you receive a phone call from someone, allegedly from the police department, discussing exactly that.
Woodburn police said they received a notice from someone who said a person, claiming to be from the police department, called them and told them to then call a second number. That number belonged to a person who claimed to be an attorney for the police department.
The alleged-attorney, according to the release, then directed the person to remain on the phone, go to a retail location and buy a prepaid debit card to clear their fake warrant. When the person, being directed by the fake-attorney, arrived at the store, a store employee told the person it was a scam, police said. The phone call was then ended.
This phishing scam, according to police, used a fake caller ID showing the actual Woodburn PD number.
The Woodburn Police Department said anyone who encounters this type of problem should do the following:
- Hang up the phone, and immediately contact the Woodburn Police Department in order to verify if the Department was attempting to reach you.
- Never provide any financial information to the caller, as the Woodburn Police Department will never instruct you to make payments via phone.
- Do not call any numbers the caller may provide, as the Woodburn Police Department will never instruct you to call secondary numbers.
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