O’Fallon scammers posing as police for PayPal payments

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O'FALLON, MO (KTVI) - Scammers looking to get a hold of your money are pretending to be an officer in O'Fallon, Missouri. They are finding their victims through the phone.

The call could be a bit unnerving. A person on the phone announces there is a bench warrant for your arrest, but you can take care of it by paying a fee through their PayPal service. Police say this is the latest in a long string of phone scams where the criminal is hoping to dupe the person on the other end of the line.

"We don`t do business that way. Anytime we officially notify you of warrants the courts will send you something through the US Postal Service." said Sgt. Robert Kendall of the O'Fallon, Mo police department.

The caller announces he is Lt. Johnson from the O'Fallon police department. But Sergeant Kendall is quick to point out there is no "Lieutenant Johnson" in his department.

"If you get a call from somebody and you are not sure who they are call them back. Call the number you know is either the financial institution that purports to be calling you, the law enforcement agency that is calling you. But as a general rule of thumb, law enforcement doesn't call you and solicit funds to pay outstanding fees or warrants." said Sgt. Robert Kendall

To handle a true warrant, you'll need to appear in court, or go to a court clerk to make arrangements.

But that`s not the only phone scam around. A Lincoln County resident shared this story. "I got a phone call and it said it was an incoming phone call from my husband`s cell phone number. It came up with his number, his name, but it was someone who was wanting to consolidate our credit cards and I called Verizon and they said it was phishing, but I don't know how they got his phone number, my home phone number and his name."

It turns out there are now apps or applications for smart phones to disguise the number the person is calling from. Another reason to be cautious when someone seeks financial or personal information from you by phone.