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Scammers claiming to be police, threatening arrest for missing court

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The Portland Police Bureau is warning the public about scammers who are pretending to be law enforcement and trying to collect money over the phone.

Police received a report from a Portland resident that they got a phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer and threatening to arrest the victim for missing court if they don't pay a fine over the phone.

The victim lost $500 before realizing it was a scam.

Police said scammers are "spoofing" their phone number so that caller ID makes it appear that the call is coming from a law enforcement facility.

Also, other scammers have claimed to have someone in custody unless thousands of dollars are paid over the phone.

Police said the scammers will often target older community members and/or residents where English is a second language.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind people to be aware and remember:

    The Portland Police Bureau or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants. 

    The Portland Police Bureau does not call individuals and demand money from community members under any circumstances. 

    Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money. 

If you are a resident of Portland and fall victim to these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling the Portland Police Bureau's Non-Emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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