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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2021
Officers with the Springfield Police Department were recently made aware of a scam targeting local citizens in which the caller represents themselves as a law enforcement officer. The caller then threatens to arrest the target and demands money to prevent charges from being filed.
To avoid falling victim to these types of crimes, take a moment to review the following tips:
• Representatives from SPD, or other government agencies, will never call you and request funds over the phone.
• Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request — whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email.
• Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real.
• Wiring money, reloadable cards, and gift cards are risky forms of currency. These methods make it nearly impossible to get money back, so think twice if someone is requesting payment in those forms
If you receive a call matching the above description, hang up and contact Springfield Police at (417) 864-1810.
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Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey417-864-1786[email protected]
Release authorized by Chief Paul Williams