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Phone scam threatens arrest unless the potential victim calls back

Posted 2/2/18

The Elizabethtown Police Department has received information from a borough resident that they have been receiving automated messages over the past several days stating that if they don't call back …

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Phone scam threatens arrest unless the potential victim calls back

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The Elizabethtown Police Department has received information from a borough resident that they have been receiving automated messages over the past several days stating that if they don't call back they will immediately be arrested, according to a press release.

The messages contained threats that the resident is guilty of fraud and will be arrested and mentioned different police agencies, and one message claimed they were with the IRS.

Phone numbers that have shown up on Caller ID are: 202-558-4567, Washington D.C.; 202-897-3711, Washington D.C.; 212-203-0618, New York City; and 817-376-9746, Arlington Texas.

Elizabethtown police are reminding residents that neither the police nor the IRS will call you on the phone telling you that there is a warrant for your arrest and that you will be arrested immediately unless you send money via wire transfer or a prepaid gift card.

Never give your credit/debit card number or bank routing number if you are unsure if the call is legitimate.

If you have any reservations regarding a call you receive, call your local police department. If you suspect you received a scam phone call, you can also contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov or 202-326-2222. The FTC has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from information collected.

Any phone number or email address can be “spoofed” to appear to be any number or email address, to include a government agency or police department, according to the release.