Thieves using OPD phone number on caller ID

- Orlando Police are warning others of someone pretending to be from the department, spoofing their phone number.  

Next time your phone rings, officers want you to be on alert, if you get a call from the Orlando Police Department. "We have reports that unknown individuals are spoofing an Orlando Police Department number, calling unsuspecting citizens and claiming to be representatives of the Orlando Police Department," explains Sgt. David Baker.

Spoofing is a method where someone can make it look like a call is coming from a different phone number.  "They are saying that there is money owed to a credit agency, and if payment isn't made to that credit agency, that a warrant will be written and issued for their arrest," added Sgt. Baker  "However, these calls are not coming from the Orlando Police Department."

When residents called back the number, officers say they discovered that it was this OPD substation line that had been spoofed. "The administrative assistant there realized what was going on and made proper notifications up the chain of command,"  said Baker.  "At no time, will the Orlando Police Department or any legitimate law enforcement agency ask you to make payment over any kind over the telephone."

Sgt Baker said no one has been victimized by these calls, but authorities want to let everyone know ahead of time, just in case. "If you ever feel it might not be a legitimate police officer on the other side of the line, I would encourage you to call that agency back. As long as you call that agency back at a number you know is their's, you can find out if it's a legitimate call."

Officers say they're not aware of anyone being victimized by the spoofing, but if it has happened, officers say they need to know.

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