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Portland police warning community members about phone scam

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Portland Police are warning members of the community to be aware of a variety of phone scams that are active in the Portland Metro area.

According to Portland Police, officers received reports from people who said that callers would claim to be members of a police department or sheriff’s department, and the victim had missed jury duty, had outstanding fines, or a warrant for their arrest that could be taken care of over the phone.

Police said other victims reported callers claiming to be public utilities, the IRS, charities, and home repair companies.

The Portland Police Bureau wants to remind people to be aware that:

  • 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. 

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam includes:

  • Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email. 
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
  • Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload. 
  • Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger access to the funds on your card.

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