RICHFIELD, Utah — Police are warning Utahns of a phone scam going around where the perpetrators are imitating police officers and asking for personal information.
The Richfield City Police Department (in Sevier County, central Utah) said residents are getting phone calls from someone pretending to be an officer with the department.
The scammer then asks for personal information.
"Do not give it out. It is a fake number and they are just trying to get your information," police said. "We will not ask for personal information over the phone. We only get personal information in person."
The department added that their official phone numbers are (435) 896-8484, 896-8485, and 896-5307. They advised that if someone feels they are being scammed, they can call dispatch center at 435-896-6471 and ask to meet with an officer.
Many other police agencies have given similar disclaimers when scams like this go around — that they will never ask for personal information or money over the phone or electronically. Anyone who suspects a similar scam can call their local police department to verify.