Aberdeen Police Warn Of Scam Using Department's Phone Number

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ABERDEEN - The Aberdeen Police department is warning residents of a phone scam operation. According to police, Citizens are receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be a police officer with the Aberdeen Police Department.

Police say the scam works like this:

A citizen will receive a call from a number appearing to be the Aberdeen Police Department. The scammers are using technology to change their phone numbers to the police department's number.

The scammer will then use various methods to try and defraud people of money. For example, scammers may claim to have an arrest warrant for the person who answered the phone or claim to be calling on behalf of a family member to obtain bail money.

The scammers often already know some of their potential victim's information, such as their name or address. They may use this information to convince victims that they are with the police.

Aberdeen Police are reminding citizens that they DO NOT solicit money from citizens and WILL NOT call and ask for money.

DO NOT provide any personnel identifying information to the caller, such as your name, date of birth, social security number, or bank account information. You may contact the Aberdeen Police Department to inquire if a phone call was legitimate at 410-272-2121.

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