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Scammers Posing as Dothan Police Department Targeting Citizens

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In recent reports, a troubling scam has emerged, with individuals posing as members of the Dothan Police Department, reaching out to unsuspecting citizens. The imposters falsely claim that the recipient has a warrant and demand payment to resolve the fabricated issue.

It’s crucial to emphasize that the genuine Dothan Police Department never solicits payments over the phone for warrants. Legitimate court fees and fines are handled exclusively through the Dothan Magistrate Office. Unfortunately, numerous individuals have already fallen victim to this deceitful scheme elsewhere.

This scam isn’t isolated to Dothan alone; it’s a widespread issue affecting communities nationwide.

To safeguard against falling prey to such fraudulent activities, here are some essential tips:

1. Verify Requests – Be skeptical of any unexpected calls demanding payment or personal information, especially if they claim to be from a law enforcement agency.

2. Payment Methods –  Authentic agencies won’t ask for payment via unconventional methods like Green Dot cards, cash app, or wire transfers.

3. Contest Winnings – Exercise caution if informed of winning a contest or lottery you didn’t enter, as it’s likely a scam.

4. Stay Vigilant –  If you suspect a scam, reach out to your local police department before taking any action.

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Remain vigilant and cautious when receiving unsolicited calls, and always verify the authenticity of the requests before providing any personal or financial information.

By staying informed and alert, we can combat these fraudulent activities and protect our communities.

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