People who answer the calls, which display “911” as the caller ID, are told that they must contact the Attorney General’s Office or a warrant will be issued for their arrest. The scammers provide victims with a phone number that supposedly reaches the Attorney General’s Office and are told to call immediately. The scammers have spoofed the caller ID so that it appears to come from 911.
If victims follow the instructions and call back, they will be told that they must pay a fine or fee over the phone to avoid arrest or further legal action. They may be instructed to go out and procure a pre-payed debit card such as GreenDot and then call back and make the payment. The criminals can then withdraw money from the debit card and disappear without trace,
Phone scams like this are very common. In some variations, victims are told that they have missed jury duty and must therefore pay a fine over the phone to avoid arrest.
Be wary of any phone call in which a person claims to be a police officer or government official and threatens arrest or legal action if money is not immediately payed over the phone.
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