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With the holiday season approaching, the scams are on the rise. In particular, phone scams are becoming more advanced.
There are several reports of suspicious phone calls being received from individuals representing the Daytona Beach Police Department, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the Social Security Administration.
We wanted you to be aware of one of these scams in particular and how you can protect yourself from it.
ARREST WARRANT SCAM
Once on the phone, the scammers scare you into believing you have a warrant or that you must pay your taxes immediately. The method of payment they want you to use is gift cards or to wire money.
If you question them, they give you a phone number that is forwarded to an answering service, which is fake. The number goes to whichever entity they choose. The numbers being used are generally local numbers and also fake.
If you follow their directions by obtaining the gift cards and then give them the numbers from the card, the money is then lost. It is very rare that these transactions can be tracked since the scams mostly come from another country.
The scammers are also obtaining general information from the Internet to make you believe what they are telling you is true.
REMEMBER THIS: The Daytona Beach Police Department (or any other law enforcement agency) will never contact you asking for money, especially in the form of gift cards or wire transfer.
If you get a call from someone claiming to work for us (or any other law enforcement agency) and they insist you pay with a gift card or wire transfer, that’s a scam. Every single time.
WHAT TO DO: The best thing to do is to hang up the phone.
IF YOU'RE A VICTIM: Please contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP. You can also go here to file a complaint.