Phone Scam Alert

Courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department

On June 5 the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) were notified by some community members that they received calls from an individual claiming to be a Lieutenant with the Newport Beach Police Department. The caller claimed they had outstanding citations; the caller then asked them for payment over the phone.

Residents who contacted the NBPD directly were able to confirm that these calls did not come from our department. The NBPD will not contact you to request money and does not accept any kind of payment for legitimate services over the phone. Any payments for legitimate services are handled by their Front Desk who can be reached at 949.644.3681.

When you get a call from an unknown number, ask yourself, is the caller who you think it is? Scammers are good at pretending to be someone they’re not. They can be convincing: Sometimes manipulating Caller ID, using information from social media, or hacking into email accounts, to make it seem more real. They’ll pressure you or play on your emotions to get personal information or money from you.


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