Another week, another scam alert in the Hudson Valley.

The Town of Fishkill Police Department on January 27th issued a warning regarding imposter phone call scams.  It appears the callers are posing as Town of Fishkill officers or detectives.

In the statement, posted on their facebook page, they stated the following:

During these calls, scammers attempt to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for a warrant or other offenses. They then tell victims they can avoid arrest by purchasing a prepaid debit card such as a gift card and read or send a photo of the card number over the phone to satisfy the fine.

Scammers use many tactics to sound and appear credible. They sometimes provide information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials and federal judges, and courthouse addresses. They may also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller IDs as if they are calling from a government agency or the court.

 

Keep in mind that law enforcement agencies/police benevolent associations will never request funds or monetary transactions over the phone.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Fishkill Police department directly at (845) 831-1110.