SCAM ALERT: Smyrna Residents Targeted by Fraudsters Claiming to Be Police

Jun 13, 2024 at 11:13 am by WGNS News


Smyrna, TN — Authorities in Murfreesboro and LaVergne have previously issued warnings about phone scams involving individuals posing as police officers, and now, Smyrna Police are releasing a similar alert.


The Smyrna Police Department's SCAM ALERT is focused on making residents aware of yet another wave of fraudulent phone calls targeting the community. Scammers, posing as ranking members of the police department, are attempting to swindle unsuspecting citizens by falsely informing them of arrest warrants. These crafty con artists then claim that the warrants can be settled with a payment over the phone.

Now, unless you’re hoping to win an award for "Most Gullible," it's essential to remember that the real Smyrna Police Department would never ask for money over the phone. No officer, detective, or even the guy who makes the coffee would make such a call.

Smyrna PD is adamant: DO NOT, under any circumstances, give out personal information or banking details to these phone fraudsters. If you receive such a call and are feeling unsure about the nature of the call or believe the caller knows a little too much about you, you're encouraged to call the non-emergency line at the Smyrna PD by dialing (615) 459-6644.

To help citizens protect themselves, the Smyrna Police Department offers the following invaluable tips and resources regarding phone scams:

  1. Never provide personal information to someone you don’t know.

  2. Do not purchase gift cards, vouchers, or pre-paid cards to settle supposed debts or fines—legitimate entities to include commercial businesses, non-profits or government entities should never ask that you pay a bill through a gift card or prepaid card.

  3. No law enforcement agency will request payment in the form of gift cards, vouchers, or money cards.

  4. Be wary of requests to wire money, which is often a red flag for fraud. Be careful of any individuals calling to request that you pay them for anything.

  5. Skepticism is your friend when it comes to unsolicited requests for money.

In a world where phone scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated, it’s crucial to stay one step ahead. Remember, even if the caller sounds convincing, it's always better to hang up and check with the actual police department. After all, it's your phone and you have the power to decide who you carry a conversation with. It's just like your front door, if you're not expecting guests, then don't answer the door. And while you’re at it, spread the word to your neighbors, friends, and family—because nothing beats a well-informed community!

For any further information or to report suspicious calls or visitors, contact the Smyrna Police Department's non-emergency line at (615) 459-6644. Stay safe, Smyrna, and keep those scam artists at bay!


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