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The Hustle: Claim To Be Police, Demand Payment For Registration Issues

Paul Ihander
May 22, 2020 - 1:05 pm

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is warning citizens about a phone scam targeting individuals who have registered for crimes with their local police department. The scam attempts to extort victims by threatening to arrest them for failure to comply with a new registration procedure.  The caller will pretend to be a member of law enforcement with the ability to issue an immediate arrest warrant if the person does not comply with a payment over the phone.  The caller may have personal information and will provide an address associated with a local police department.   
 
Citizens are reminded that local police departments will not do the following:  
 
1. Call you to demand immediate payment.

2. Will not ask citizens to send digital currency, prepaid credit cards, or gift cards over the phone.  

3. Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.  
 
Citizens should take the following steps if threatened via a phone scam: 
 
1. Don’t be afraid to hang up the phone and call your local police department directly.

2. Do not give out any of your personal information to the person on the phone.

3. File a complaint at: www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov