Don’t fall for phone scam, warn Palm Beach County cops

Rod Stafford Hagwood, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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If you got a call purporting to be from the Palm Beach County police or sheriffs saying there’s a warrant for your arrest, but you can settle the matter with a quick and easy payment, hang up.

That’s what the real Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and the West Palm Beach Police office advise. It’s a scam.

“The scammers are posing as law enforcement and spoofing the phone number of the police department,” Sergeant David Lefont told the South Florida Sun Sentinel via an email interview Saturday. “So the person receiving the call believes it is credible when in fact it is not. Though the scammers may sound legitimate, never send money to anyone claiming to be law enforcement. Anyone receiving these calls can report them to the Federal Trade Commission at”

The police posted on their Facebook page a notice that reads in part: “If you receive one of these calls, please disregard it and do not divulge personal information, do not send money, and do not send gift cards to anyone claiming to be from the West Palm Beach Police Department.”