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Woodburn Police Warn of Latest 'Phone Phishing' Scam
by Oregon Herald Staff
  Tuesday October 9, 2018 - 5:31 AM

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:

  • Hang up the phone, and immediately contact the Woodburn Police Department in order to verify if the Department was attempting to reach you.
  • Never provide any financial information to the caller, as the Woodburn Police Department will never instruct you to make payments via phone.
  • Do not call any numbers the caller may provide, as the Woodburn Police Department will never instruct you to call secondary numbers.

You can view a list of common scams and frauds on the FBI's website.

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