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OSU police warn of phone scam in which call appears to come from department's phone number

Posted at 3:56 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 16:56:43-04

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University police are warning Oklahomans about a phone scam in which a call appears to come from the department's phone number.

OSU police say 35 people have fallen victim to the scam since June 10.

PD Chief Leon Jones said some calls or messages have directed the victim to report to the police department, where an officer will supposedly be waiting regarding an outstanding warrant. Other callers tell the victim that his or her name has come up in a drug investigation. One caller requested in appropriate photos from a victim.

“These fraudulent messages and calls are part of a larger body of crime where an individual impersonates a representative of a law enforcement or government agency in an effort to obtain money, gift cards or personal information,” Jones said. “No one would receive a call from the OSUPD regarding warrants or the collection of money.”

Anyone who receives a fraudulent call or message should contact law enforcement.

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