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Police warn of scammers impersonating law enforcement and demanding money


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Santa Barbara Police Department issued a consumer alert regarding scam calls impersonating police officers that have been reported in the area.

According to the Santa Barbara Police Department, some of these scammers are using the names of actual officers and manipulating caller IDs while claiming that warrants have been issued against the person in order to extort money over the phone.

Here are some red flags Santa Barbara Police Department has shared that you can use to protect yourself and those around you:

  • Unsolicited communication claiming legal issues or arrest warrants.
  • Pressure tactics, threats, or demands for immediate payment.
  • Requests for payment via unconventional methods such as gift cards, wire transfers, or cryptocurrency.

What can you do if you receive these calls?

First and most importantly, do not send money. Santa Barbara Police explain that law enforcement will not demand immediate payment over the phone, especially via unconventional methods.

Next, do not share any personal or financial information with the callers. Legitimate law enforcement agencies will not ask for that information over the phone share Santa Barbara Police Department.

Last, verify the claims and report these suspicious calls to the Santa Barbara Police Department at 805-897-2376. Your information may help in the investigation and protect your neighbors.

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