September 26, 2017
The State College Police are aware of persons spoofing our phone number and calling people advising them that there are warrants for their arrest in an attempt to gain information and or money from the victims. "Spoofing" occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity.
Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally.
We advise people to never give out personal information over the phone to unknown persons or simply based on caller ID information. Caller ID information is not reliable to prove who is calling you.
Law enforcement or the government will not be calling you on the phone in an attempt to gain money or other items of value. Many times criminals will asks for money orders, iTunes cards or other items of value that cannot be traced once sent.