Phone scammers pretending to be police officers

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Updated: 3/26 4:25 pm

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Fontana police are warning of phone scammers pretending to be officers who are calling residents and requesting immediate payment to clear up outstanding warrants.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Tuesday that the scammers are even using technology that shows the Fontana police headquarters number on Caller ID.

Spokeswoman Martha Guzman-Hurtado says residents have received calls demanding a fee between $1,000 and $5,000. The victims are directed to send the payment via wire or prepaid credit card — to an overseas location.

If the victim challenges the demand, the caller becomes irate.

Guzman-Hurtado reminds residents that police never notify people by phone of an arrest warrant.

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