Salt Lake City Police Warn Residents Of Identity Theft Phone Call Scam
SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake City Police Department is warning residents of a phone call scam where a caller asks for money and claims to be associated with the department.
A community member said he received a phone call from an unknown number where the caller said the SLCPD would take legal action against him unless he made a payment.
The scammer gave the resident the name of a real Salt Lake City Police Detective, but gave them a fake phone number to call in order to resolve the issue. When the victim called the number, a suspect posing as a police officer “gave the victim unverified police information in an attempt to prosecute the scam,” reports the SLCPD.
The victim did not pay the scammers and immediately reported the incident, but the scammers continued to call the victim and made their caller ID “POLICE”.
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These types of scams are not a new concept in Utah. Sometimes the crooks will claim that the victim has a pending warrant or has missed their jury duty and payment is required immediately. In these scams, suspects may also collect small pieces of personal information, such as names and addresses, in advance to make their claims appear valid.
Authorities are reminding residents to never disclose financial information, beware of unknown numbers, avoid posting personal information on social media, and never send money to a stranger by wire transfer, phone apps. online money transfer or gift cards.
The SLCPD will never call individuals to demand or request money under any circumstances. If you receive a call claiming to be from the SLCPD and demanding money or other property, go and call 801-799-3000 to report the incident.