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Fresno police warn residents about new telephone scam

Fresno police issue warning about phone and computer scams

Fresno police Friday renewed a warning to citizens to be wary of phone scams, including those from criminals pretending be Internal Revenue Service agents who tell recipients that they owe money to the government, as well as scammers trying to bre
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Fresno police Friday renewed a warning to citizens to be wary of phone scams, including those from criminals pretending be Internal Revenue Service agents who tell recipients that they owe money to the government, as well as scammers trying to bre

The Fresno Police Department is warning residents of a phone scam in which scammers pose as Fresno officers in an effort to steal personal information from victims.

Police say several residents have received calls from a male voice identifying himself as a Fresno Police Department employee. The voice says it is urgent the resident contact police and gives the person a phone number to call.

When the phone number is called, a recorded message attempts to obtain personal information from the caller.

Police said they do not make unsolicited calls to residents to obtain personal information.

Anyone who receives a call similar to this one can report the incident online or by calling police at 559-621-7000.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo
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