By Lt. Chuck Fleeger, CSPD Public Information Officer
These days, no one is immune to identity theft or impersonation – even the College Station Police Department.
Since late October, phone scammers have been leading local residents to believe they are with the police department. They use sophisticated technology to trick your caller ID into showing that the call is from CSPD’s main phone line.
The calls typically include false allegations about unpaid taxes, arrest warrants and immigration status. In some cases, the scammer says the resident’s family member is in jail or that their identity has been stolen. The victim is threatened with arrest, expulsion from school or deportation unless the fine is paid immediately through the purchase of redeemable gift cards, release of banking information, disclosure of user names and passwords, or other unreasonable requests.
Thanksgiving is always a wonderful time to relax, spend time with family and friends, enjoy terrific food, and watch a whole heap of football! It’s also a kickoff of a different kind as Black Friday marks the start of the Christmas season.
You certainly don’t want to ruin all that joy by becoming a crime victim.
With shoppers out in force and many residents leaving town, the College Station Police Department offers these safety reminders.
When you go shopping: (more…)