Guilderland police warn of phone scam

Police: Scam involves residents being asked to send money, to avoid arrest.

GUILDERLAND — Town police are warning of a phone scam in which a caller poses as a Guilderland police officer.

A resident alerted police Thursday after receiving a call from someone who identified himself as an officer with the department. The caller ID showed “Guilderland Police Department” and the department’s real number.

The “officer” then warned of an arrest warrant for the resident and said they could call an 844 number for “U.S. Legal Support,” police said in a prepared statement. Police believe that, had the resident called the number, they would have been told to send money to avoid arrest.

Police asked any town resident who receives a similar call to contact the department directly.

“At no time would an officer of this department advise someone to contact a third party or request an exchange of money during any kind of a real investigation,” the department’s release states.

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