Boise Police Warn Public About New Phone Scam

Apr 26, 2016

Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

A new phone scam has hit the area, according to the Boise Police Department.

Scammers are able to manipulate the caller ID so the phone call appears to be from a BPD phone number. They claim Boise Police have a warrant out for their arrest on an unpaid payday type loan. The scammers say officers will arrest them unless the money is paid over the phone.

Boise Police say officers do not demand money over the phone. The department says not to trust caller ID and those called shouldn’t give out personal information in an unsolicited call. They also warn not to call numbers left by solicitors. Instead, verify the number from another source before calling.

BPD says if you think you may have a warrant, you can check at the Ada County Sheriff’s website or at Ada County Records.

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