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Scammers using number belonging to Festus police, victims say

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FESTUS (KMOV) -

Give up a gift card, or go to jail. It's the demand callers are making in a scam going around Festus.

News 4 found out some are confused by the number appearing on their caller ID.

"They're calling me four times a day. As early as 8:00 a.m. and as late as 10:00 p.m.” said Connie Casey.

Each time, the call appears to come from the Festus Police Department with the person on the other end claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service.

"But, I have been on disability 12 years. So, I knew they weren't coming after me," added Casey.

Casey keeps explaining she's the wrong person.

"They said ‘no, no, no!’ Now, they are saying they have four charges against me. They'll have local police surround my house and pick me up within 24 hours," added Casey.

"We are not going to stand by and let this happen to them," said Corporal Jessica Griffaw with Festus police.

Cpl Griffaw has heard of a lot of phone scams, but this is a first.

"They are not the easiest scams to stop. A lot of them are overseas and very hard to track down. So, this is frustrating as a police officer, as they are continually happening," added Casey.

Casey is just one person claiming to get that call. Police in Festus believe many others in this community have gotten that same call.

They're not sure how their numbers are being spoofed. 

Police say you should hang up and call the real police if you get one of the fake calls.

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