Morgantown Police issue phone scam warnings

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The Morgantown Police Department is offering advice to citizens, after receiving numerous reports of calls requesting money or personal information.

The department has issued the following warnings in a press release:

“Local Law Enforcement, including the Morgantown Police Department does not solicit the collection of money on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Should you receive a phone call from someone presenting themselves as a Law Enforcement Officer collecting money on behalf of the Federal Government or demanding immediate payment do not provide any personal information to the caller. Hang up immediately.

Foreign Law Enforcement Agencies contact family members regarding the incarceration of American Citizens through the State Department. Do not provide any credit card or personal information should you be contacted by someone requesting bail money from a foreign country.

Legitimate businesses that conduct product give-a-way and sweepstakes contests contact winners of these contests through the entry form process. If you have not entered a sweepstakes or a contest your information will be on file with the contest company. Do not provide personal or financial information to any company that has contacted you over the phone.

Other Scams that have been reported are where the caller claims to be from a security company reporting an alarm being activated at the victim’s residence. The caller then attempts to gain personal information to confirm the identity of the victim so as not to have to send police, fire or emergency medical personnel or they are requesting the victim to press numbers on the phone. Do not provide any information or press any numbers on a telephone dial pad.”

The department is also warning that some phone scammers have been known to use “spoofing” in order to disguise the real numbers behind the calls.