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ISP warns of phone scams targeting Idahoans

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho State Police have been made aware of another round of telephone scams targeting Idahoans.

The recent reports include somewhat new twists on long-familiar scams; however, scammers continue to look for specific circumstances or unique vulnerabilities that make their deceptions especially cruel and unfortunately, sometimes successful. As these scammers can target anyone and can be anywhere in the world, education is the best defense.

In cooperation with local law enforcement agencies and the Idaho Attorney General's Office, ISP is issuing the following alert.

Targeting Registered Sex Offenders

Local law enforcement agencies are receiving reports of offenders being contacted by someone purporting to be from a sheriff's office. Some calls reportedly also include mention of the Idaho State Police. The scammer tells the recipient of the call that they are out of compliance but can pay a bond - usually with gift cards - to stay out of jail. Several of those contacted report losing money to the scam.

Remember: Any caller threatening you with jail time or another penalty, and wanting payment via gift cards, prepaid debit cards, money transfer apps, etc. is a scammer. Hang up on them immediately.

Caller ID reads "ID State Police"

A Treasure Valley man recently reported to ISP his wife answered a call when the caller ID read "ID State Police." The woman was out of state at the time caring for an ill family member and feared the call may be important information about a loved one. Instead, the caller told the woman her vehicle warranty or registration was out of compliance and she needed to purchase and send gift cards to avoid penalty. The woman wisely realized the call was a scam and hung up, but both she and her husband were surprised the scammers could fake a caller ID. The technology to create a deceptive caller ID has been used in previous scams. Like most law enforcement, calls from the Idaho State Police typically show "No Caller ID".

Remember: Any caller threatening you with jail time or another penalty, and wanting payment via gift cards, prepaid debit cards, money transfer apps, etc. is a scammer. Hang up on them immediately.

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  1. Easiest way to avoid ‘scammerss’? Just assume everyone who calls YOU on the phone-unless returning a call you originated is a thief. I mean, sure; maybe one in 75 or 80 AREN’T, but….;-)

  2. The easiest way it to get an android app such as CALLS BLACKLIST for free or pay them the .99 and do like I did and have it bounce all calls from people not in your contact list into the answering system. If legit, they will leave a message and you can call back, if not you can still review your call log to see how many morons are not allowed to ring your phone.
    I’ve used it now for a little over two years and love it.

    Probably one for the iphone zombie crowd too.

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