March 20 2019
WOODBURN, Oregon – The Woodburn Police Department (WPD) recently received notice from a resident claiming they received a phone call from an individual representing the Woodburn Police Department. The individual told the citizen to call a secondary number, to which another individual claiming to be a WPD attorney told them they had an outstanding warrant and also owed fines. The "attorney" instructed the resident to go to a retail location of their choosing, remaining on the phone the entire time, and purchase a pre-paid debit card and use that to make the false payment or risk being arrested by the officers. Upon arriving at the retail location, a store employee informed the resident that the call was a scam, to which the resident immediately ended the call.
The caller created a fake caller ID number (caller ID phishing scam) showing the actual Woodburn Police Department business number (503-982-2345). The Woodburn Police Department does not phone residents to request or accept any form of payment to clear a warrant. If you receive a call similar to this, or ever suspect that a caller is not a representative of the Woodburn Police Department, please take the following actions:
You can view a list of common scams and frauds on the FBI's website.