Telephone scam targeting Fayetteville residents

Courtesy: CBS 17

Fayetteville Police are warning people of a phone scam operation that’s targeting residents.

Police say several people have received calls from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. The scammer then says there is an outstanding warrant out for the victim’s arrest and they must pay a fine to avoid being taken into custody. Detectives say it’s all part of a ploy to get unsuspecting citizens to release valuable personal information over the phone. In some cases, the callers are asking the victims to purchase prepaid credit cards or gift cards to pay off the fake fine.

According to an FPD press release, “officers and detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department, legitimate businesses, and government organizations will not call you threatening arrest unless a fine is immediately paid over the telephone. Additionally, legitimate businesses and organizations will not demand payment in the form of prepaid credit cards or gift cards.”

Detectives are urging residents to always be cautious when someone calls requesting sensitive information and to hang up the phone if they suspect they’re being targeted.