Phone scammer claims to have arrest warrant, Lake Mary police say

Published On: May 08 2014 02:00:06 PM EDT
Updated On: May 09 2014 05:45:53 AM EDT

An alert about a phone scam in which the scammer makes it seem like the call is from a local police department, then tries to steal your money and your identity.

LAKE MARY, Fla. -

Lake Mary police are investigating an identity theft scam where suspicious phone calls tell people warrants are out for their arrests.

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Police said they were contacted on Wednesday by a victim who said they had tried to call back the person on her caller ID but it had led to the Lake Mary Police Department.

The victim said the caller claimed to be a federal agent with the Department of Justice and had a warrant for her arrest, giving her another phone number to call to resolve the matter, according to police.

The caller said the victim had taken out a financial agreement and had not satisfied the contract, police said. She could pay a restitution fee or face a mandatory three-year prison sentence, the caller said.

When police confronted the caller on the phone, they said the caller hung up.

According to police, the callers are using software that allowed them to input police department agency numbers as the originating number to make their scam seem legitimate.

Lake Mary police said the scheme is widespread throughout Central Florida and they are investigating.

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