DOVER, Del. – Delaware State Police are warning citizens of a phone scam currently circulating that involves a spoofed Delaware State Police phone number.
Police have been made aware of multiple incidents in which citizens have received phone calls from a Delaware State Police issued phone number. During the most recent calls, the caller tells the victim that a family member has been in an accident and needs money wired to them due to being injured, for payment of a traffic ticket, or for bail. The callers can be very convincing, playing on the emotional vulnerability of the victim.
Delaware State Police are reminding citizens that they will never request payment for fines, traffic tickets, or bail. All of these transactions are conducted by the respective court systems, and never over the phone. Electronic payments are also never requested over the phone for court matters.
You should never give out personal information over the phone, such as account numbers, social security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords, or other identifying information. Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately, and do not respond to any questions, especially those that can be answered with “yes” or “no”.
If you suspect you have been a victim of this scam, you are urged to contact your local law enforcement agency, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.