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Police warning against phone scammer posing as Charlotte police

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Police in Charlotte are asking residents to be on the lookout for a phone scam where the caller is posing as a CMPD police officer.

Detectives say they've recently learned about a phone scam where the caller claimed to be with the Warrant Division of the police department.

The caller identified themselves as an officer and advised that the victim had a warrant for failure to appear for jury duty, according to the news release from police.  

The caller then stated that the victim could purchase Money Pack cards to pay for the warrant and asked the victim to meet at police headquarters to pick up paper work.  

Police say the caller would then contact the victim and tell them to provide the card numbers off the back of the Money Pack cards.  

The person who called went as far as to record a message on the victims voice mail as if you were calling the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

CMPD says as a reminder, no law enforcement agency will ever call or email you claiming you have a warrant and ask for credit card information or the numbers off a Money Pack.

Police posted the following tips to avoid being scammed.

Warning signs for telemarketing fraud:
•    Demands immediate action ("Today Only" or "Last Chance")
•    Request for your credit card number for any purpose other than to make a purchase
•    Request numbers of a the back of a Money Pack
•    Unwilling to provide written information
Safety Tips:
•    Only give your credit card information over the phone if you have placed the call to make a purchase from a reputable company
•    Scam artists will pressure you to send money or provide your credit card number or other personal information immediately.  DON'T DO IT.
•    Don't provide personal financial information over the phone unless you are absolutely certain the caller has a bona fide need to know.
•    If necessary, hang up the phone.
•    Scams via e-mail and fake websites are prevalent today. Most of these scams originate from outside the United
States.  Investigating and recovering funds is very difficult.
If you are a victim:  
•    Call 311, if the crime occurred in Mecklenburg County and give as much information as you can about the person(s) involved.
•    If the suspect is located in another jurisdiction, the report has to be made in that jurisdiction.

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