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Danville police warn residents of phone scam from callers posing as officers

Chief Shields: 'Continue not taking that bait'

Someone is posing as a Danville police officer to scam callers, Police Chief Allan Shields warned residents on Monday.

Callers are told that they have missed jury duty and that they need to pay a fine or a warrant for their arrest will be issued, Shields said.

The chief posted a YouTube video advising the public of the scam, it can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/cQPWS6GOvo0.

In the video, the chief plays a sample of one of the calls. "I have documentation that's been forwarded to my department that needs immediate attention," says the person posing as a Danville police officer, who then gives out a phone number.

Shields said they learned of the recent scams from someone who received a call and thought it sounded suspicious. "Good job, Danville," the chief said. "Continue not taking that bait."

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Danville police warn residents of phone scam from callers posing as officers

Chief Shields: 'Continue not taking that bait'

by Bay City News Service /

Uploaded: Wed, Oct 26, 2022, 3:54 am

Someone is posing as a Danville police officer to scam callers, Police Chief Allan Shields warned residents on Monday.

Callers are told that they have missed jury duty and that they need to pay a fine or a warrant for their arrest will be issued, Shields said.

The chief posted a YouTube video advising the public of the scam, it can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/cQPWS6GOvo0.

In the video, the chief plays a sample of one of the calls. "I have documentation that's been forwarded to my department that needs immediate attention," says the person posing as a Danville police officer, who then gives out a phone number.

Shields said they learned of the recent scams from someone who received a call and thought it sounded suspicious. "Good job, Danville," the chief said. "Continue not taking that bait."

Comments

Jennifer
Registered user
Danville
on Oct 26, 2022 at 9:56 pm
Jennifer, Danville
Registered user
on Oct 26, 2022 at 9:56 pm

Unless you're very elderly, I would think this would be hard to fall for. Danville police officers aren't going to call you if you miss jury duty. I show up for jury duty, but I doubt they do anything if you don't show up. Unless it's sent certified mail, there is no proof you received a jury summons.

The wisest thing to do is not take calls you don't recognize.


Jerry Gleiss
Registered user
Danville
on Oct 29, 2022 at 10:41 am
Jerry Gleiss, Danville
Registered user
on Oct 29, 2022 at 10:41 am

I don't even respond to the police when they call for various donations.


Marion Davis
Registered user
Walnut Creek
on Oct 29, 2022 at 2:18 pm
Marion Davis, Walnut Creek
Registered user
on Oct 29, 2022 at 2:18 pm

What I don't like about donating to grocery store food donations and police charities is that the grocery stores (in addition to profiting off your purchase) and the police (who metely collect the monetary donations) take all of the credit. Not right.


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