Denver Police issue warning about ‘caller ID scam’

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DENVER — The Denver Police Department says it has received numerous complaints about people impersonating police officers and other businesses on the telephone.

The problem is the impersonators are using a computer to alter their caller ID, which makes victims answering the phone believe the caller is who they claim to be.

The perpetrators ask their victims for personal information including social security numbers and birth dates. They can use this information to steal identities.

“Suspects are typically overseas but use various units and names within several police departments or businesses,” The Denver Police Fraud Unit warns. “These are outright scams.”

There is one good, easy tip to remember to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:

Never give personal information including your social security number or credit card details over the phone unless you make the call.

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