Bexley Police Department has noticed a significant rise of identity theft reports and reports of ne’er-do-wells impersonating police departments or an IRS agents. Please remember, the IRS will never call you or email you. The notification they use is via the USPS in a letter that gives you an opportunity to state your case or reply.
Below are common warning signs of a phone scam:
- A claim that you have been specially selected to win a prize or sweepstakes
- Use of high-pressure sales tactics and “limited-time” offers
- Reluctance to answer questions about the business or the offer
- Request that you “confirm your personal information”
- Request payment by means other than credit card – including cash, gift card, or wire transfer
- Request your credit card or other payment mechanism for “shipping and handling”
- Use of threats if you don’t comply – even the threat of arrest
- The call starts with a prerecorded message – called a “robocall”
- Claims you have a virus on your computer or requests to log in to your computer
- Claims to be a friend or relative in need of money – but they don’t give you any time to think or contact others
Remember, never give out personal information over the phone.Police will never call you with the threat of jail for not paying a fine. We most certainly don’t ask you to purchase gift cards of any sort to pay fines. If there is ever any question, please contact the Bexley Police non-emergency number and ask for help, (614) 559-4444.