The Davenport Police Department warned the public about a new telephone scam that references the department while attempting to defraud callers. This scam uses the names of actual Davenport Police personnel.
In a video posted to social media on Monday, Lt. Greg Behning and Cpl. Hank Jacobsen tell you what to watch for and how to avoid being a victim.
Police say scammers are making calls utilizing the name “Lt. Smith” of the Davenport Police Department and may leave voicemails demanding you call the number back in reference an urgent matter. Upon calling the number, callers may hear a voice recording of a fake phone tree for the “Police Department of the City of Davenport” which includes prompts to speak with different divisions within the department along with extensions for Chief Sikorski, Captain Biggs and Lt. Smith of the “warrant division.”
The Davenport Police Department provided the following tips along with the video:
+ Please be aware that scammers may utilize different applications to “spoof” numbers so it appears that their call is coming from a valid company/agency.
+ Please do NOT provide any personal information or payment information to someone contacting you over the phone.
+ The Davenport Police Department will never demand payment information from you.
+ If you feel that you have been victim of this type of fraud, where you may have provided personal or payment information, please contact your local law enforcement agency.