The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 31, 2013

Beware: Scammers use fake caller IDs

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

— DANVILLE – Beware even if a caller ID shows a number to be legitimate, according to police.

A Danville woman was scammed out of $200 thinking she was sending it to Danville police for an arrest warrant in California. The money was to take care of the warrant.

Her caller ID showed the number for Danville police, which is 570-275-2101.

Scammers can buy fake caller ID boxes and type in the name of a charity or another number that will show up on a caller ID, Janene M. Holter told Montour County senior citizens recently. She serves as senior supervisory special agent with the state attorney general’s education and outreach program.

“Just because it shows up on a caller ID doesn’t mean it is actually them,” she told the seniors during a visit to the Danville center.

She warned them not to give personal information over the phone about credit cards, checking accounts and savings accounts.

Danville Police Chief Eric Gill said the borough woman, who isn’t being identified, was called by a female officer by the name of Casey Smith who said she was from the Danville Police Department. The department doesn’t have an officer by that name but did have a woman officer with that last name for a short time, he said.

“It was all fictitious. We want to let people know we might call to tell them we have a warrant but we’re not going to make them wire money to us,” he said.

After the Danville woman wired money and “the stories didn’t match up because  she had never been in that part of California” she called Danville police, Gill said.

Danville police are investigating and will notify the state attorney general’s office.

Anyone receiving suspicious calls should call his or her local police department. Danville police can be reached at 570-275-2101 before 4 p.m. and at 570-275-1911 after 4 p.m.

Neighborhood Watch Coordinator David Pebley has also alerted members to this latest scam.