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.

Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from

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.