SAVANNAH, GA (January 5, 2023): Savannah Police Department has become aware of a phone scam that involves a person impersonating Savannah Police officers in an attempt to scam citizens out of money or personal information.
This scam has occurred in the past and has recently affected other law enforcement departments in the area. In late December, SPD became aware that the calls are occurring again and the caller is identifying himself as an SPD officer. The calls appear to be increasing in frequency.
On the call, the man states that he is an SPD officer and then says that the person has either missed court and has a warrant for arrest. He then tries to exploit the person into providing personal information or providing some form of payment. The man has been using the name of current or former SPD officers, and the number is frequently spoofed and appears to come from department phone number.
If you receive a similar call, hang up immediately and call law enforcement or the courts directly if you are concerned about the validity. Neither the courts nor police will ever ask for payment, banking information or other similar details to avoid jail. Law enforcement will also never ask for payment over the phone.