Woodburn PD warn of phone “phishing” scam

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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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