Police warn anyone receiving suspicious calls notify the Police Department
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/03/2012 -- A Clarksville woman was the victim of a scammer, but she was smart enough not to fall for it, and she immediately contacted her local police station. The scam involved the Clarksville Police Department’s very own phone number.
Gwen Bankston was called by a man claiming to be a New York attorney that was collecting a debt. Bankston stated that the man sent her an e-mail with a lawyer’s information, stating she owed a debt.
“Friday, some man called named Frank,” Bankston said. “He was asking me to go to Walmart, get a Green Dot (money) card, put $200 on it and don’t activate it until he called me back.”
“He told me if I didn’t pay him, he would send the police to my job, have me picked up and thrown in jail. It would cost me $5,000.”
The scammer continued to call throughout the week, and Bankston received the calls that had a man with the same voice every time. This time, the man called and claimed he was a Clarksville Police detective. The scammer even used the Clarksville police station via a cloned number. Thus, the number “verified’ that the man was calling from the department.
“The number from CPD shows up on my phone. I was in Walmart shopping. I didn’t have a signal, so I called back and gave them my name,” Bankston said. “I told them why I was calling, and they said they didn’t have a record on anything about me.”
Bankston then spoke to Trish Brown, who is an administrative assistant at District 3. Late the scammer attempted yet another call.
“He said his name was Sgt. Patrowski from CPD. I said, let me call down to CPD to see if they ever heard of you. I did a conference call and talked to Trish again. I said there’s a gentleman on the phone who said he’s from CPD, and he doesn’t want to tell me his name.”
Bankston continued, “Trish asked his name, and he said Sgt. Patrowski, and she asked what precinct he worked out of and his badge number. She told him by law saying he was from CPD he had to give his name and badge number. He hung up.”
Bankston said the calls stopped after that. Police have stated that anyone who receives suspicious calls, especially from the Police Department, should get off the phone and then call the Police Department.
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