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Wilmington Police Department
Wednesday April 17th, 2024 :: 09:43 a.m. EDT


Wilmington Police warn public of phone scams:

The Wilmington Police Department continues to encourage the public to be aware of phone scams.
Similar to scams reported by partner agencies in the area and across the country, scammers will sometimes invoke the name of a police officer and will often allege that an individual – or a family member – has a pending charge or warrant, and then direct them to take some action, such as paying a fine using a payment card or gift card, or sending cryptocurrency.
Please note:
• A police department will never contact a member of the public to solicit funds
• The only way to alleviate a warrant is to appear at the agency, or at the issuing court
In other cases, callers have pretended to represent utility companies, and some callers have threatened violence or alleged to have kidnapped a loved one, demanding ransom for their return.
We encourage the public to be wary of unsolicited calls, particularly when a caller demands immediate action or payment, and anyone who receives a call like this is encouraged to contact police.
If you have received a call from someone claiming to be a member of our agency, you can also contact our department at (302) 654-5151 to verify the authenticity of the call.

Wilmington Police Department
300 N Walnut St
Wilmington, DE 19801

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 302-654-5151

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