SAVANNAH, GA (August 17, 2016) – The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department wants to warn the public about a new telephone scam targeting citizens of Savannah and Chatham County.

The scammers have reportedly used an app to disguise their phone number. Through the app, caller ID displays the phone number to an SCMPD Precinct rather than the scammer’s actual number. Once on the line, the scammer proceeds to solicit money on behalf of the department. The most recent scam asks citizens to help purchase bullet-proof vests for SCMPD officers.

As a reminder, police officers will never call your home asking for any sort of financial donation.

Also remember:

  • Do not trust unsolicited phone calls
  • Do not provide personal information to unknown persons over the phone
  • Never provide credit card or other financial information to callers

If you discover you are the target or victim of a scam, report it to police and the Federal Trade Commission.