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Impersonation Phone Scam In Pittsburg

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The Pittsburg Police Department has received numerous reports of Pittsburg residents receiving fraudulent phone calls by law enforcement impersonators. The recent calls have been a number with a listed caller ID of “911 EMERGENCY”. Residents are reminded that they should be leery of anyone claiming to be a government official demanding immediate payment or requesting personal identifying information (such as your social security number) over the phone. Furthermore, you should exercise extreme caution if the individual requests that you wire money, provide credit or debit card information, or purchase a pre-paid debit card over the phone.

The Department is providing the following information to assist local residents in reducing the likelihood of them becoming victims of this type of fraud.

The most popular scams affecting local residents this year involve suspects extorting money from their victims by impersonating a government official over the phone. In these types of scams, the suspect will contact a victim by phone and claim to be an officer or agent with an existing government agency (i.e. the Pittsburg Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service). The suspect tells the victim they have an existing warrant for their arrest or owe taxes, and if they do not pay the fine the victim will be arrested. The suspect will then request payment through either a wire transfer (i.e. MoneyGram, Western Union), by having the victim provide their debit or credit card number over the phone, or have the victim purchase a prepaid debit card and provide the number of this card over the phone.

The Pittsburg Police Department recommends you take the following steps if you receive such a phone call and you suspect you are being scammed. First, request the official’s name and badge number, and then ask to call the official immediately back at the agency’s published phone number. Some of the local agencies can be contacted at these numbers:

  • Pittsburg Police Department – 620-231-1700
  • Crawford County Sheriff’s Office – 620-724-8274
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (Joplin) – 417-206-5700
  • Internal Revenue Service – 899-829-1040

If you have already received a similar phone call and believe you are a victim of fraud, please contact your local law enforcement agency and request to file a report. Anyone having information related to these incidents, or other crimes, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or at our tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

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