Fairbanks Police warn against arrest warrant phone scam

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Scammers, con men, flim-flammers, fraudsters… It seems that no matter the era, there are those who will exploit others for their own benefit.

Recently, the Fairbanks Police Department issued a warning via social media that Fairbanks residents have reported receiving scam phone calls. (Storyblocks Video)

Recently, the Fairbanks Police Department issued a warning via social media that Fairbanks residents have reported receiving scam phone calls.

The callers pretend to be Fairbanks police officers and inform the call recipient that there is a warrant out for their arrest, then ask for payment in order to resolve the warrant.

However, FPD Lieutenant Greg Foster advises that warrants can only be resolved in court. “We don’t take payments over the phone,” says Lt. Foster. He also recommends that if in doubt, hang up and call them back for assurance. “You can always discontinue the phone call, contact your local police department, or the Alaska State Troopers, and they will help you to resolve any outstanding warrant issues,” says Foster. “99 percent chance, there's no warrant for your arrest, [it’s] a simple scam."

Refer to the Federal Trade Commission website for information on scams.

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