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Posted on: December 2, 2020

SCAM ALERT: BPD phone number used in scam

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:

  1. The Bluffton Police Department does not call individuals and demand or request money from community members under any circumstances.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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