Phone scammers pose as Florissant Police Department

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 9:50 AM

FLORISSANT, Mo (KMOV.com) -- A Florissant woman says she has received numerous threatening phone calls from a number posing as the police.

Kristine Foust says the calls registered a caller ID from the Florissant Police Department. She said the calls are threatening and convincing.

“They told me they were sending detectives here,” Foust said. “And I was going to be arrested.”

A spokesperson from Florissant police said those calls did not come from them. The calls appeared to come from a company overseas and its goal is to find people who owe delinquent payday loans.

But Foust said the calls kept coming telling her she and her daughter needed to pay several hundreds of dollars for a late loan payment. She said the person on the other end wouldn't give his name and the calls don’t show up on her phone’s caller history.

Foust contacted the Missouri Attorney General's Office. Officials told her it was a scam and the company somehow manipulated the phone number to make it look like it was from the Florissant Police Department.

“They said they can make from where they're calling any number they wish,” Foust said. “They can make it my next door neighbor. They can make it the service station down the road. They can make it the police station."

Foust said her ex-husband was close to writing a check on behalf of their daughter, but they received this advice from the Attorney General’s Office.

“I remember they said hang up,” said Foust. “Hang up as quick as you can.”

 

 

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