MPD warns of new phone scam

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The Marshalltown Police Department (MPD) is urging residents to be aware of a new phone scam that involves an individual impersonating local law enforcement. The scammer calls and says they are with the MPD or the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. They might use the name “Sgt. Anderson” — for the record, there is no Sgt. Anderson employed with either agency.

They tell the caller they have a warrant for his or her arrest and that he or she is needed so law enforcement can obtain a sample of their DNA. They then instruct the caller to travel to the nearest store and purchase gift cards so they can post bond over the phone.

This is entirely fraudulent. Law enforcement does not conduct business like this or accept gift cards as payment for bond, fines, etc. Individuals who are worried they may have a warrant can call the MPD’s 24-hour number at 641-754-5725 or consult an attorney and seek legal advice. Do not pay the scammer anything over the phone using gift card numbers, credit card numbers, or bank account numbers. Just hang up!

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