Officials warn of suspicious phone calls using police number

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 9:39am

The Shreveport Police Department is warning residents in reference to multiple complaints of suspicious phone calls.

For the past couple of days, the Shreveport Police Department has received complaints from persons reporting that they have received phone calls that have shown up on their caller i.d. as 318-673-7300, one of the department's non-emergency numbers, from subjects claiming to be members of the Shreveport Police Department. In each case, the caller informs the recipients that they are delinquent on a "Pay Day USA" payday loan and tells the recipient that they are wanted by the Shreveport Police Department on outstanding warrants for their arrest in attempts to get them to send money to them in exchange for having the non-existent warrants recalled. They may use other similar methods in attempts to obtain funds from unsuspecting victims.

Authorities with the Shreveport Police Department did not make those calls and investigators have been notified and will be following up on these cases to determine who is responsible.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to never give out any personal information to someone you don't know over the phone, neither attempt to send any amount of money to settle any criminal matters over the telephone or online. Anyone who might have received a similar call is asked to call the Shreveport Police Department immediately at 318-673-7300 so an officer can be dispatched to investigate.



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