A prank caller is posing as law enforcement and dialing Winder citizens asking for their personal information, authorities say. Winder police say several people have come forward since Monday to report receiving a call from someone acting as a deputy or a police officer.
The name and number displayed on the caller ID is “Winder Police Department 770-867-2156,” a press release states. However, police believe the suspect is using a cell phone app to disguise the actual number they are calling from.
The caller is giving false information regarding an arrest or similar type of incident and requesting that the person give their address or come to the police department in person to give a statement.
Anyone receiving a call from the Winder Police Department that seems suspicious is urged to hang up and call the police department back to verify the call, police warn.
“This in no way affects the police department’s ability to make or receive telephone calls and is only believed to be a prank tool used to disguise the caller’s information as someone else’s,” the release states. “If you have any concerns or believe you have been a victim of this prank please contact the Winder Police Department directly or feel free to come in person and file a report.”
This could be a case of caller ID spoofing. The scam artists hides his real phone number by using a device to fake his number and take on a different ID. Several cases have been reported already, including one call purportedly coming from a local police authority.
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