Glenpool Police Have Scam Warning For Residents


Wednesday, September 26th 2018, 3:46 pm
By: News On 6


Glenpool Police say scammers are posing as Glenpool police officers, threatening to arrest people unless they pay money. 

The scammers are even spoofing the police department's phone number.

Police said the scammers have found a way to make their call come across your phone as the Glenpool non-emergency number but is actually from a completely different source.

"She recognized it as a local number, took the call,” said Glenpool Police Chief Bart Harris. "The caller identified himself as a Glenpool policeman."

Police said the scammer told the woman she is part of an investigation and had a potential warrant for her arrest.
 
He promised her if she paid a few simple fees, the issue would be resolved. 

"When she started asking him questions about it he became short with her and tried to intimidate her, told her he needed personal information,” Harris said. "She felt threatened, he used profanity."

The woman ended up hanging up and redialing the number without giving away any personal information.

“Instead of it calling back to the police department, which is what the number indicated, it went to a disconnected number," Harris said. 

Police said at least three people have reported the scam so far, and none have given away their personal information or money.

They want to keep it that way.

"There is not really a quick or accurate way to track these numbers back, so our first line of defense is just to educate the public," Harris said. "I know it has been reported in several other communities, but it is making its way across the state."

Glenpool Police said they will never call about a warrant or ask for personal information over the phone. 

If you get one of these calls, hang up the phone and report the information to police.