Scam with a twist: Callers claim to represent Rockingham PD

Rham_PD_logoThe Rockingham Police Department received a call this morning from a local business owner who wanted to report a new scam.  While the police department has always notified the public about various scams, this one has  a new twist .

The scammers are attempting to use the name of the Rockingham Police Department to force money from the victims.  This is how the scam worked this morning.  The business owner received a phone call from someone who said that they were with the IRS and that they needed to pay their back taxes immediately and that they needed to give their debit card number to the caller.

The person receiving the call realized it was a scam and hung up.  About two minutes later, the same person received a call and the caller I.D. read the Rockingham Police Department and the number was the same as the department’s.  When the person spoke to the caller, the caller stated that they worked at the Rockingham Police Department and that they had received a fax from the IRS stating that there were warrants for her arrest if she did not pay the taxes.

The person realized this was still a scam and hung up.  She then called the police department to report this.

It is highly important to understand that no police department, sheriff’s office, or other law enforcement agency will ever call you and ask for any type of payment over the phone.  Also, there are many ways now to “spoof” your phone number and make it show up as anyone else’s.

The Rockingham Police Department is asking that anyone that recieves this type of phone call to please notify us at 1-910-895-2468 or email Det. Sgt. Donavan  Young at dyoung@gorockinghampd.com.

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