HPD warns about law enforcement phone scam

Published: Jan. 26, 2016 at 2:53 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 23, 2016 at 2:53 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Huntsville Police Department is warning residents about a phone scam.

Police said there have been reports recently of phone calls from people claiming to be law enforcement. The callers are telling people they have outstanding fines, and they are attempting to get payments over the phone.

The Huntsville Police Department said they will never solicit payment for any type of fines over the phone.

Lieutenant Stacy Bates said ultimately, the crooks are trying to get hold of your debit card information.

"As a police department, we're really not in the business of collecting fines for anything," said Lt. Bates. "If it was a fine related to an arrest or citation, it would come from court personnel. We would not do that as a police department because all those things get deferred to the court system."

If you get a similar type call, contact your local law enforcement agency. If they claim to be with a specific law enforcement agency, contact that agency.

Remember to never give out your personal information, especially debit or credit card numbers, to people you do not know.

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