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Calif. police warn of fake department calls

A suspect used a computer program that generated a police department's phone number to show on the victim's caller ID

The Times-Herald

VALLEJO, Calif. — Police said at least one Vallejo resident has been victimized in a phone scam claiming to be calling from the police department, and are warning residents to be aware of such phone calls.

The victim was called by someone who claimed to be a member of the Vallejo Police Department. The called then informed the victim of a pending warrant, and threatened to arrest her and place her children in the custody of Child Protective Services if she did not pay $2,000, police said.

The suspect used a computer program that generated a Vallejo Police Department's phone number to show on the victim's phone caller ID, police added.

When the victim called back the number, it went to the department's automated phone system, causing her to believe the claims and complied with the demands, police said.

"If residents are contacted by someone posing as law enforcement telling them about a warrant for their arrest and they demand money, they are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency," Vallejo police said in a recent release.

Copyright 2013 Times-Herald



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