BAKER CITY – (Information provided by Oregon State Police) Telephone scammers are spoofing the Oregon State Police telephone numbers to persuade people to give up their credit card and personal information to support the Oregon State Police.
This is not us.
The Oregon State Police does not call to collect donations, nor does any police agency call people to confirm or notify anyone of an existing warrant. Caller ID can be spoofed. Spoofing is the process of changing the Caller ID to any number other than the actual calling number.
Always be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls.
Never give money or personal info to someone with whom you don’t confirm the identity of or didn’t initiate the contact with.
Trust your instincts. If an unknown caller makes you uncomfortable or says things that don’t sound right—hang up!
Recent example from just yesterday, was a gentleman received a call telling him that he needed to pay $4950.00 through a cell phone app to avoid “being arrested”. The caller said that he thought it was a legitimate call because the phone number came back as one associated with OSP’s Baker City Worksite.
The caller didn’t call the number back to verify it was in fact OSP.
If you believe you have fallen victim of a scam, you can find appropriate resources to report at the Oregon Department of Justice’s website: https://www.doj.state.or.us/…/sales…/report-scams-fraud/ The Federal Trade Commission also asks for victims to file a report with them as they are working hard to track fraud- https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/?pid=B