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Albany Police Department Community Bulletin

Recent Reports of Telephone Scams

Post Date:11/19/2019 12:04 PM

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Recent Reports of Telephone Scams

The Albany Police Department recently received reports from people outside of Albany, CA indicating that they have received telephone scams asking for payment of unpaid taxes.  The callers have identified themselves as members of the Berkeley Police but their caller ID identifies the number as belonging to the Albany Police Department Non-emergency number.

Telephone scammers try to steal your money or personal information. Scams may come through phone calls from real people, robocalls, or text messages. The callers often make false promises, such as opportunities to buy products, invest your money, or receive free product trials. They may also offer you money through free grants and lotteries. Some scammers may call with threats of jail or lawsuits for unpaid tax bills.

How to Protect Yourself From Telephone Scams


  • Register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. You may register online or by calling 1-888-382-1222. If you still receive telemarketing calls after registering, there’s a good chance that the calls are scams.
  • Be wary of callers claiming that you’ve won a prize or vacation package.
  • Hang up on suspicious phone calls.
  • Be cautious of caller ID. Scammers can change the phone number that shows up on your caller ID screen. This is called “spoofing.”
  • Independently research business opportunities, charities, or travel packages being offered by the caller.
  • Contact the Albany Police Department to confirm / deny receiving a call from the Department.


  • Don’t give in to pressure to take immediate action.
  • Don’t say anything if a caller starts the call asking, “Can you hear me?” This is a common tactic for scammers to record you saying “yes.” Scammers record your “yes” response and use it as proof that you agreed to a purchase or credit card charge.
  • Don’t provide your credit card number, bank account information, or other personal information to a caller.
  • Don’t send money if a caller tells you to wire money or pay with a prepaid debit card.


ALBANY POLICE DEPARTMENT  •  1000 San Pablo Ave. Albany, CA 94706  •   1 + (510) 525-7300   Emergencies: 911 





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