The Level Plains Police Department and Dale County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a scam where a caller falsely claims to be a DCSO detective, according to a LPPD press release.
Victims reportedly receive a phone call from a male caller who advises the victim that he is a detective with the DCSO, according to the release.
The caller tells the victim that a warrant for their arrest for failure to appear in court was issued. The caller then persuades the victim to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars to have the warrant recalled, according the release.
The caller asks that the payment be made by purchasing VISA or Mastercard gift cards in the amount requested, and will instruct the victim to stay on the line during the purchasing process, according to the release.
The caller then instructs the victim to provide the 16 digit card number, expiration dates and security codes on the back of the cards and assures the victim that once the numbers are verified by the caller that the warrant will be rescinded, according to the release.
LPPD assures residents this is a scam. The department advises residents to not purchase any gift cards and provide the information to anyone whom you cannot verify their identity with the employer.
The LPPD encourage anyone who has fallen victim to the scam to contact their local law enforcement agency and file a police report.