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Newport Beach Police Department
Monday July 4th, 2022 :: 12:30 p.m. PDT


PHONE SCAM ALERT - Impersonating a Police Department Employee


Today, we were notified by some community members that they received calls from an individual claiming to be an officer with the Newport Beach Police Department. The caller claimed they had warrants and/or missed jury duty; the caller then asked them for payment over the phone. Residents who contacted us directly were able to confirm that these calls did not come from our department. The Newport Beach Police Department will not contact you to request money and does not accept any kind of payment for legitimate services over the phone. Any payments for legitimate services are handled by our Front Desk who can be reached at 949-644-3681. 

When you get a call from an unknown number, ask yourself... is the caller who you think it is? Scammers are good at pretending to be someone they're not. They can be convincing: sometimes manipulating Caller ID, using information from social media, or hacking into email accounts, to make it seem more real. They’ll pressure you or play on your emotions to get personal information or money from you.  

Here's what you can do:

  1. Stop.  Check it out.  For calls from alleged government agencies or utility companies: Do not give out any personal or financial information until you have verified the identity of the caller.  Ask the caller for their name, department, business phone number and what they are requesting. Confirm that information by calling the organization direclty at a phone number found on the internet or through official correspondence/billing statements.  If the caller refuses to provide this information, terminate the call immediately. 
  2. Keep your information safe.  Never give out personal identifying information, such as your social security number, bank account or credit card account numbers, to anyone you do not know.
  3. Pass this information on to a friend.  You may not have received one of these calls, but chances are that you know someone who will - if they haven't already.

Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Emergency: 9-1-1

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