FREMONT -- Police are once again asking residents to be aware of an phone scam, this time with the caller telling people they are with the Fremont Police Department.
According to police, a Fremont resident recently received a call at work from a suspect claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service.
The suspect made a second call and the caller ID displayed the main phone number of the Fremont Police Department. The suspect claimed he was with the department and used the name of one of the Fremont officers.
Since early last year, the department has received numerous complaints from residents who have been targeted, police said. The incident starts with someone getting a call allegedly from the IRS. The caller then tells the victim they owe a large sum of money and if it's not paid quickly, the person could be arrested.
However, the Fremont Police Department does not participate in debt or tax collections.
Anyone who has been targeted in a similar scam is asked to report it to the IRS or to call the Fremont Police Department at 510-790-6800 and select option 3.
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