GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) - It is a scam meant to prey on people's fear and concern for loved ones.
Chief Mike Burgess says A Marshall County woman called the Grant Police Department Tuesday, after falling victim to a phone scam.
Burgess says the caller claimed to be with the Grant Police Department.
"A female called her family yesterday, claiming to be a police officer with our department," said Burgess. "[The caller] told her there was a warrant being processed, and unless they paid a certain amount of money the warrant would be served and the person put in jail."
Burgess says the woman believed the caller's deception, and sent the money, only to receive another call, requesting more.
So far the department has only received one report of this scam, but fear others could fall victim. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office has also been informed of the scam.
"What we have seen with these kinds of scams is when they are successful they do try to target other people in the same area," said Burgess.
If you do receive the call or one like it, here are a few things you need to know:
- The Grant Police Department, or any law enforcement agency, will never offer the option to pay your way out of an arrest warrant. Nor will they ask for bond money over the phone.
- Pay close attention to the number that is calling. If it says "911," be suspicious.
- Before hanging up get as much information about the caller as possible
- Immediately report the call to the police or sheriff's office.
Burgess says if the scammer is caught he or she could face charges for impersonating an officer and theft by deception.