Hermiston Police News: Caller ID Spoofing Fraud

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Several years ago, the Hermiston Police Department put out information regarding caller ID spoofing. According to the FCC website:

Caller ID service, however, is susceptible to fraud. Using a practice known as “caller ID spoofing,” callers can deliberately falsify the telephone number and/or name relayed as the Caller ID information to disguise the identity of the calling party. For example, identity thieves who want to collect sensitive information such as your bank account or other financial account numbers, your social security number, your date of birth or your mother’s maiden name, sometimes use caller ID spoofing to make it appear as though they are calling from your bank, credit card company, or even a government agency.

Several recent reports have been made to the Hermiston Police Department regarding a phone scam involving perpetrators claiming to be affiliated with “Publisher’s Clearinghouse”. Over the last couple days, a Hermiston resident received a phone call from a number shown on their caller ID as “Hermiston Police Department” with our actual business line number of 541-567-5519.

The male caller identified himself as Chief Jason Edmiston and then advised he was working with U.S. Customs regarding $600,000 that was to be awarded to the victim from Publisher’s Clearinghouse but a $950 “insurance” charge would need to be paid since the money would be coming from Mexico. The victim was given information on where to send the money and $950 was sent via wire.

“Members of the Hermiston Police Department will never participate in the transfer of money from one person to another unless it is something we have seized during the course of our work. Unfortunately technology allows criminal elements to make things appear legitimate and often at the expense of good people. The old adage ‘if it seems too good to be true it probably is’ should be the first thing a person thinks about when receiving a call such as this. If anyone has questions or concerns, please call me at my direct line 541-667-5107 or reach out to our Crime Prevention Officer Erica Sandoval at 541-667-5112," reports Chief Jason Edmiston.


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