Police investigate callers posing as law enforcement officials


By Marie-Alice Royse

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMVName) – The Clarksville Police Department reported Wednesday that it has received multiple reports of pretense or “scams” over the past few months.

Several businesses and individuals have told CPD officials that they have received phone calls, text messages or even Facebook messages from an individual claiming to be law enforcement or some other type of official.

Officials reported that the call would give a history of an ongoing investigation or possibly have a warrant for their arrest. They said that then to avoid going to prison. They would have to pay some sort of fine or fee.

Authorities said a caller told the clerk to remove all money from the business register and put the money on a ‘green dot’ card.

Another person told CPD officers that the caller claimed to have won emergency funds through a global grant and was asked to send a copy of his driver’s license. Once done, the caller asked the person to buy two Apple gift cards for $500 each and send photos of the back with the security code made visible.

Another call recently involved a woman who was told to pay a fine due to her breach of jury duty, the CPD said. She then used “caller ID spoofing,” which involves falsifying information about an incoming call on the recipient’s caller ID screen.

Authorities said scammers could and will manipulate caller ID so the call appears to come from a local or well-known phone number, making it more likely to be trusted or answered.

CPD reminded the public not to give any information over the phone and said law enforcement would never accept money to solve a warrant.

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