HOLDEN — Con artists are now taking their scams to another level.
Holden Police Chief Chris Greeley said when a woman started questioning whether a caller was with the Social Security Administration her call was transferred to a fake Holden Police Department line.
Greeley said the woman had gone so far as to withdraw $2,600 from her bank account. She decided to stop at the real Holden Police Department before sending the cash to the scammer.
“So this is one of the things we tell people is don’t believe the phone number. When somebody’s calling you, you cannot believe the phone number. They can make it look like anybody — including the Holden Police Department,” Greeley said.
“If you think you’re really being called by your police department where you live, say ‘Can I please call you back?’ and make sure you call back the right number,” he said.
Greeley said any legitimate government agency will never ask for cash, a gift card or your credit card numbers over the phone.