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Phone scammers posing as law enforcement to demand money

Published: Friday, May 3 2013 7:28 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Police are warning residents about scammers posing as law enforcement who are calling Utah residents and demanding money.

The Salt Lake City Police Department began receiving reports about the scam Thursday morning, according to a news release. The callers threatened arrest if money was not sent to them.

When residents called the out-of-state number back, they were rerouted to the Salt Lake City Police Department's records office through a process called "spoofing," the release stated.

"Law enforcement will not call members of the public demanding money for any reason," police said. "The payment of warrants is handled through the courts system and not through local police agencies."

Police are reminding Utahns never to provide credit card numbers, wire transfer reference numbers or MoneyPak card numbers over the phone with unverified callers, advising instead that they just hang up. This includes callers claiming to be distant family members.

Anyone with questions about outstanding warrants can check online through the Utah Department of Public Safety's page at utah.gov.

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