Local Residents Warned About Police Phone Scam

DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in Denton are issuing a warning for residents after some received phone calls from people claiming to be police officers, but aren’t.

There have been several calls placed, with the caller demanding payment over the phone.

The scam not only involves the fake bill collection but the claim that the caller is a police officer. “They’re pretending to be police officers or law enforcement officials, wanting a payment, which is what we don’t do. We don’t collect money. We leave that up to collection agencies,” explained Denton police Officer Ryan Grelle.

According to Grelle the person called is threatened if they don’t pay immediately. He says they’re told, “You owe some money and you need to pay up otherwise an officer or a deputy will come to your house and/or place of business and arrest you.”

Officer Grelle has a warning for anyone contacted by the scammers. “This is serious enough that we don’t want you to give any personal information out and/or your credit card numbers over the phone to these people.”

So far there are no reports of people losing money.


One Comment

  1. glorybee says:

    This is sad because a lot of people don’t actually realize that the police do not do collections… I live in Denton and someone did call me, but I just hung up…

    1. Gumby Rules says:

      I don’t answer the phone, that is why I own an answering machine and have voice mail. My message says, “Leave a message and I MAY get back with you.”

      You’d be suprised at how few people leace messages.

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