PCSD warns of 'Caller ID Spoofing' - Tucson News Now

PCSD warns of 'Caller ID Spoofing'

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Pima County Sheriff's Department officials remind the public to be aware of callers who have used a false caller ID to try to get sensitive information.

Local residents received calls from people who pretended to be law enforcement and claimed the resident had an outstanding warrant, according to detectives.

The phone number on the caller ID was a valid Sheriff's Department number, police say.  

The caller instructed the citizen to buy a pre-paid credit card to pay for the warrant, then asked for the card number for immediate payment.

Police said the citizens who were called refused to give their card numbers and notified the Sheriff's Department.

Police identify these incidents as Caller ID Spoofing, a service that allows a person to falsify the caller ID display number as law enforcement or a financial institution.

The PCSD reminds the public to be aware of callers who ask for sensitive information, such as a birth date or Social Security number.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department offers the following tips to help prevent the public from falling victim to this type of activity: Report suspicious calls to law enforcement; do not give out personal information to an incoming caller; contact your financial institution to see if they were trying to contact you; and contact the law enforcement agency to see if you actually have a warrant.

Police say law enforcement agencies will not have you send payments or purchase prepaid credit cards to satisfy fines.

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