The Bluffton Police Department wants community members to be aware of a phone scam that is currently happening in the area.
Officers have received a report from a community member who stated the Bluffton Police Department’s phone number appeared on his phone. When he answered the call, the person claimed a warrant was out for his arrest unless he paid a certain amount of money. The caller even had some of the victim’s private information making the claim more legitimate.
Often, scammers will collect private information and use a law enforcement phone number to gain the trust of the victim.
The Bluffton Police Department wants to remind community members that:
- The Bluffton Police Department does not call individuals and demand or request money from community members under any circumstances.
- The Bluffton Police Department does not call individuals seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants. This includes claims of unpaid federal or state taxes.
- Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.
Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to a scam include:
- Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.
- Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
- Stay private. Regularly update privacy settings for social media sites. Scammers often make their stories more believable by trolling for personal information on Facebook, Twitter, and similar sites.
- Never wire money, provide debit, or credit card numbers to a stranger.
- Ask the caller for a number to call them back. Usually, the scammer will hang up. Then immediately, call the Bluffton Police Department at 843-706-4550 and report the incident.
For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Scam Alert website.