Medford Police warn about scam

Medford Police are warning the public about a popular scam in our area.

Posted: Dec 27, 2017 6:52 PM
Updated: Dec 27, 2017 11:11 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.--  Medford Police say over the past couple of weeks MPD and the Sheriff's Office have been receiving calls regarding a recent telephone scam.
Individuals are receiving calls telling them they have a warrant for their arrest.
The scamster will "spoof" the telephone number and use the name of a current Sheriff's Office employee so the scam appears to be legit.
The scamster tells the individual in order to clear their warrant they need to purchase prepaid debit cards and provide them with the number off the card once it is activated.
Police are warning the public that once you do this, your money is gone.

They say the scammers are extremely convincing and will try and keep you on the phone the entire time.
They also go as far as to tell you the store clerks are trained, and will try to advise you that this is a scam, when really it is not.

MPD says if you are a law abiding citizen with minimal to no police contact, this should be a huge red flag that you have a warrant for your arrest.
Also, keep in mind neither MPD or the Sheriff's Office would conduct business this way. 

Many of these scams target the elderly so talk with your family members and make them aware.

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