Crime

Police urge caution after scammers use a Boise PD number to call people, demand money

The Boise Police Department warned the public Wednesday morning that a scammer is using the department’s phone number to make fraudulent phone.

BPD says someone has obtained the number 208-570-6000 to call people around the country. The caller will make accusations to people who answer the phone, such as claims that their grandchild is in jail or that there is a warrant out for their arrest.

In a tweet, BPD said “officers will never call and threaten arrest or demand payment for warrants, etc. We will also never demand or accept gift cards as payments (common scam attempt). If you receive this fraudulent call, hang up immediately.”

The phone number is an actual BPD number for the records department. If anyone receives a suspicious call from the number, they should hang up and call back. When residents call back, the phone will be answered by an actual BPD employee.

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