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Don't fall for it: Phone scam uses Racine police phone number, warns of arrest

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RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Racine police are warning residents about a phone scam, after they responded to a fraud complaint where the victim was contacted by someone claiming to be from the Racine Police Department. 

According to police, the incoming number was the same number as the Racine County Communications Center. The scammers demand payment via telephone or threaten arrest. 

Racine police wants to remind the community demands for payment over the phone, or threats of arrest, will never come from the IRS, Social Security, We Energies, or any other legitimate business or government agency. 

Police say on occasions where law enforcement officials have active arrest warrants or otherwise seek payment of fines or forfeitures, the purchase of gift cards is never an acceptable method of payment. Any solicitation of this nature should be immediately regarded as fraudulent activity and should be reported to law enforcement immediately.

If you believe you are the victim of a scam involving App Store and iTunes gift cards or Apple Store gift cards, contact Apple at 800-275-2273 (U.S.) and say “gift cards” when prompted.

Racine police are interested in any additional information about this scam. You're urged to call the Racine Police Department with tips at 262-635-7765. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers by phone at (262) 636-9330, or through the Crime Stoppers app by using the p3 app.

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Tony 25 days ago
Thanks for sharing this valuable warning. People should read these kind of news often. IRS scams, fake police officers, utility companies imposters, these scams have been around for years. We should be very familiar with how these scammers work by now. I even read some reports filed at https://www.whycall.me/647-689-2458.html since 2017 about similar scams. Always be on extra guard, folks!
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