The Page Police Department is warning the Page community of yet another string of scam phone calls.
This time, scammers are posing as employees of the Page PD and asking for direct donations to the department.
Lt. Larry Jones said the department is not asking for donations, nor would it likely ever do so. Police say the numbers have a 480 area code, but lead to an automated machine when called back.
The Federal Trade Commission recommends hanging up immediately if you believe you are being targeted for a phone scam. Engaging further, even if to accost or toy with the scammer, could result in your number being flagged for further harassment.
The FTC warns scammers can use a variety of tactics to lure in victims — ranging from acting overfriendly, to using pushy and fast language. Experienced scammers can change their tactics on the fly if they think they’ve gotten the attention of a potential victim.
Scammers often also use what’s known as “ID spoofing,” which is a simple and easily attainable technology that allows them to mimic local area codes and numbers. Even if the number comes from a recognizable area code, use extreme caution when dealing with a caller who claims to be selling something, collecting donations or is offering “free” items.
Recent scams targeted at Page citizens have included scammers posing as members of Page Utility Enterprises asking for payment on overdue utility bills, and IRS agents collecting on back taxes. Both are common tactics used by scammers when they target small communities.
If you think you might have been a victim of a phone scam or suspect that you were targeted, take note of the incoming phone number and file a complaint with the FTC on their website or call 877-382-4357.
The FTC also has an in-depth breakdown of the manipulative tactics used by scammers, and how you can identify them at www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams.