It’s scary to think you might be in trouble with the law…again.
Who Is It Targeting: Individuals who’ve recently bonded out of jail
What Is It: Phishing scam from a phony police officer
What Are They After: Arrest and bail/bond reports are public record, and one town is already being warned about a scammer posing as a police officer, targeting recently arrested individuals. The scammer calls people who’ve recently bonded out of jail, states that he is a police officer, and demands further payment for some unexplained fine. Failure to pay the new amount will supposedly result in your arrest.
How Can You Avoid It:
- In any phishing scam, it’s important that you go to the source.
- If you are ever contacted and asked for money unexpectedly, hang up and call the company or agency directly using a number you have verified for yourself.
- Report the matter and find out if there is any truth to the claim.
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530.