The Windsor Police Department has been receiving reports of phone scammers. It’s a stressful time of year with the holidays around the corner. Don’t put yourself at risk of being a victim. Here’s some information about how to keep you and your family safe from being scammed this holiday season.
• Scammers may use technology to “spoof” a phone number, so it appears to be official.
• Government agencies such as law enforcement will never call, email or text you about an active warrant, nor will they demand money or personal information from you as a way to clear the warrant.
• Again, law enforcement or any other government agency will not demand money from you as a way to clear you from jury duty, an active warrant or back taxes.
• Be careful about people asking for money for a family member or friend who has “been in an accident”.
• Law enforcement won’t demand payment from you via gift cards, green dot cards, ITunes gift cards or have you wire money to clear your name of warrants.
• Do not confirm your identifying information with someone you do not know over the phone such as social security number or bank account information.
If you are unsure if you are being scammed, before giving the unknown caller any personal information, hang up and contact the Windsor Police Department immediately. For more information about ways you can protect yourself from scams, visit http://www.windsorgov.com/scams.