HENDERSON, NV (KXNT) – Henderson police are warning local residents of a new phone scam appearing in the area that illegally spoofs a Henderson Police phone ID in an attempt to frighten people into sending money, according to authorities.
Local residents who received the call reported a fraudulent Caller ID reading “Henderson Police Department, 702-267-4750.” The scammer identifies himself or herself as an Internal Revenue Service employee and pressures the caller to send money in the form of iTunes gift cards or direct deposit payments to a bank account.
While it was not immediately clear how many local residents may have fallen for the bogus demand, Henderson police officials wanted to alert locals to the scam and warn anyone unsure if they are receiving a valid call from the Henderson Police Department to hang up and verify the call by phoning the department at 702-267-5633.
Other tips to protect yourself from phone scams include:
* Never giving out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to any suspicious or unexpected calls.