Fairbanks Police warn of phone scammers pretending to be law enforcement agents
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - According to a Facebook post put out by the Fairbanks Police Department (FPD), Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) residents have been receiving phone calls from an individual identifying themselves as FPD Lt. Gregory Foster. These calls are not coming from former Fairbanks police officer Gregory Foster, and are being placed by someone trying to manipulate residents into giving out their personal information.
If you receive one of these calls, please hang up on the caller, block any phone numbers and report the incident online at www.ftc.gov.
The post went on to state, “Although officers with FPD will routinely contact the public, we will never ask for things such as financial information or passwords. We will also never request the individual make payment for warrants or missed court proceedings. If you receive an unexpected or suspicious call from someone identifying themselves as a law enforcement official, you can contact us at 907-459-6800 for confirmation whether you are dealing with actual law enforcement or someone trying to scam you.”
Other FNSB residents have reported receiving phone calls from the U.S. Marshals Office and other Fairbanks area law enforcement agencies. The caller advises the person they missed grand jury, have a warrant for their arrest and ultimately asks for personal information or payment for the warrant.
Again, residents are advised to hang up on the caller, block the number, and report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission.
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