GFPD warns of fraud involving officer identities and department’s phone number

Posted at 2:19 PM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 18:43:27-05

GREAT FALLS – The Great Falls Police Department is warning residents about a fraud involving officer identities and the department’s phone number.

In a Facebook post, GFPD stated someone is spoofing their number and using the real identities of officers to try and get people to pay warrants over the phone.

The GFPD said they will never call a person to pay off warrants. They also do not have the capability to accept a payment for warrants.

To anyone receiving one of the calls, the number on caller ID is GFPD’s (406-727-7688) and, on at least two occasions Wednesday, the caller identified themselves as actual officers of the department.

The GFPD wrote:

“Once they get their hook in you, and have you fearful of the warrants you may or may not legitimately have, they instruct you to purchase gift cards and give them the gift card information over the phone.”

One victim may be out upwards of $1,000, according to GFPD.

If you believe you have fallen victim to this scam, please call the police to file a report at 406-727-7688 X5.

If you are ever unsure about a call from police, feel free to get the “caller’s” name and call the police at 406-727-7688.