Corpus Christi P.D. warn citizens of a phone scam

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to warn citizens of a phone scam.

CCPD has received several calls about a scam in the area. The callers stated that they received a call from our police department stating they had a warrant and they need to take care it. The number appears to be from the main police station. They are then instructed to purchase gift cards to pay the warrant. The caller then tells the victim to read the number off of the back of the card.

The Corpus Christi Police Department will never solicit payment for warrants over the phone using gift cards as a method of payment. If you receive a call like this, it is a scam.

CCPD offers this advice to avoid getting scammed:

* Look out for “spoofing”. Part of scammers tactics include spoofing, which happens when the caller masks their own number and causes the number of a well-known Agency, like CCPD, to appear on caller ID. Also, the caller might give a badge number and know the last four digits of your Social Security number.

* Write down details. If you do get a call and are unsure, write down the phone number and name of the caller.
* Protect your personal information. Do not provide any personal or financial information over the phone.

* Know your rights. Corpus Christi Police Department will never request for prepaid debit cards or wire transfer payments, and will not ask for a credit card number over the phone.

* Don’t be bullied. Never trust callers who use threats and hostility to push you into doing what they want. Be skeptical of what a caller claims he or she can do if you refuse to meet their demand.

* Hang up and report it. If you’re unsure if the call is real, contact CCPD directly at 361-886-2600. You can also file a complaint with your local BBB.

The Corpus Christi Police Department will never demand payment from you, ask you for any private or financial information over the phone or threaten to bring the police or other federal law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

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