SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Spoofing: a funny term for a serious scam tactic. Jasmine Bailey with Springfield PD says the department has been dealing with reports of it all day.
“They’re scam phone calls but they can change the number,” she says. “We’ve been getting a lot of calls from citizens across the country who have been receiving Spoofing calls from our headquarters number but it’s not us.”
Bailey explains the lies don’t stop with the phony caller I-D.
“They’re saying things like ‘Your son has been arrested in Springfield, Missouri. We need money to bail him out,” she says.
And the people calling in reporting these scams to police they aren’t from here in Springfield. They’re from all over the country. They’re from Alabama, Las Vegas, Tennessee, even as far away as Maryland.
And while she says phones have been ringing off the hook
“Over a hundred. Every other call is someone talking about this scam,” she says. “It seems like a lot of the people who are calling us reporting this are elderly people.”
There’s still no word on where the calls are coming from. Bailey says THE REAL Springfield PD isn’t involved in that investigation.
“Because the people who are calling us are from different states, what we’ve been doing is referring them to their local jurisdiction,” she says. “So they can call the local law enforcement there or they can call the attorney generals office in their particular state.”