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Missoula PD issues phone scam warning

Phone Scam
Posted at 12:49 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 14:49:13-05

MISSOULA — The Missoula Police Department is issuing a warning about a scam that is making the rounds.

MPD reports that someone is "spoofing" the main Missoula Police Department phone number -- (406) 552-6300 – and is contacting residents “to make accusations, and express suspicion over fictitious activity,” according to a social media post.

MPD reports that the caller is also asking questions regarding financial institutions and suggesting financial transfers. The caller uses the identity of MPD Officer "Ryan Carter", and/or "Melissa Harris". MPD notes there are no such people employed at the Missoula Police Department.

Missoula Police note that “our officers/personnel do not conduct business in such a manner. This is a SCAM.” Anyone with questions should hang up the phone and call the police department to verify any such information that they have been told.

Click here for additional information about how the FBI defines "spoofing" and "phishing".