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The Delaware State Police is providing a scam advisory for the entire state after investigating incidents in which victims receive calls from subjects posing as troopers who tell them they are wanted and/or owe bail money.
Many recipients of the calls have been individuals on the Delaware Sex Offender Registry, a news release said.
Troopers are reminding residents that their agency will never request payment for fines, traffic tickets or bail. These transactions are conducted by courts and never over the phone. Electronic payments for court matters are also not requested via phone.
“Spoofing” — or when a caller falsifies information on a caller ID display — can also be used as a form of deception during these phone scams. This practice is often used to trick someone into giving away personal information, so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally.
The following tips can help with avoiding scams:
For information, visit consumer.ftc.gov/articles/phone-scams.