Say what? 'That's your big clue you're being scammed'

EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene Police are warning consumers about two resurfacing phone scams.

Police said they recently received a call from a man and his twin brother in another state who received two calls from someone claiming to be from the Eugene Police Department.

The callers told the men they had warrants for their arrest and that they needed to return the call immediately "to get this taken care of."

Eugene Police said this is not the practice they would use for a warrant.

Within the week, Eugene Police also received a reported scam from a University of Oregon student who sent $1,000 to "the IRS."

"The callers told him his bank account would be frozen and would be arrested if he didn't pay," said Tod Schneider of Eugene Police's Crime Prevention Unit.

"One of the big one is: you have no idea what they're talking about," he said. "They call up and say you owe money or you're in trouble, and you're first thought is that you have no idea what it's about. That's your big clue you're being scammed."

Schneider said the reported scams are just the tip of the iceberg.

"I don't think there's been a month that's gone by that I haven't heard of someone being scammed," he said. "All they need is one person out of 50 or 100 to answer."

With these particular scams, Eugene Police recommend to be careful and skeptical of callers and unknown numbers:

  • Don't give out personal or financial information to someone who calls you. If you are unsure, hang up and independently find the phone number of the alleged represented agency and call yourself. A law enforcement agency will not ask you for this type of information or request that money be sent by way of money order for any reason.
  • Beware of high pressure techniques, such as the need to give information or make a decision on the spot.
  • If it sounds quirky or weird, it probably is.