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Posted on: July 14, 2017

“Spoofing” Scam may target Residents and surrounding Community Members

Phone Scam

The Forney Police Department was recently notified about a possible scam that may be targeting both residents and community members, with telephone calls that appear to originate from the City of Forney. Commonly referred to as “spoofing”, this type of scam occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your called ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally. U.S. law and FCC rules prohibit most types of spoofing.

If a resident does receive a call from the City of Forney it will display the 972.564.7300 number, or “City of Forney” on caller ID. If or when you receive a telephone call from the City and are not convinced it is actually an employee, please be sure to ask for the employee’s name and/or position. If still not satisfied, residents should call our main line at 972.564.7300. In some instances, emergency calls forwarded through Blackboard Connect, residents will not be able to ask for an employee’s name and/or position.

For more information about called ID spoofing, please visit the Federal Communications Commission website at https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/spoofing-and-caller-id.

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