Sarasota Police Reminding Citizens of Phone Scams

SARASOTA, FL  – April 19, 2018   – 9:30 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department wants to remind citizens about a phone scam happening where a caller claims to be a member of the Sarasota Police Department soliciting for donations.

Another phone scam is happening where someone is claiming to be a Lieutenant with the Sarasota Police Department and is telling people answering the phone that they have a warrant and will be arrested if they don't send payment.

This type of scam typically uses a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) number making it possible for the caller to call someone within a specified area code through the internet as if it were a local call.  Typically these types of calls originate outside the United States.  These types of calls are difficult for law enforcement to investigate.

The Sarasota Police Department wants to remind citizens that officers or civilians from SPD will never solicit funds over the phone or request personal financial information.  Citizens are reminded to not share any personal or financial information with these types of callers.  Citizens are encouraged to contact the Sarasota Police Department Front Desk at 941-954-7025 if they receive these types of unsolicited calls.  Also, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint

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