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Scam Calls From ‘911’ Threaten Legal Action

by Brett M. Christensen

In a new twist on the typical ‘arrest warrant’ phone scam,  residents in Ohio have reported receiving bogus phone calls that seemingly come from the US emergency number 911.

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.

Our eBook Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft, Internet Scams & Phone Scams contains detailed information about various phone scams and how to recognize them.
The book also discusses many other types of scams and online security threats.

The eBook, written and published by Brett and Deborah Christensen from Hoax-Slayer,  is in Kindle format and is available right now on Amazon.

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Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer