Iowa Department Of Public Safety Issues Warning Of Scam

Fri 5-3-2019

(Des Moines)-- The Iowa Department of Public Safety is warning the public of a scam that misrepresents staff of the agency.

Officials say they've received reports from citizens that scammers are posing as employees of the “Iowa State Police”. The callers are claiming there is a warrant for the citizen's arrest, and that to clear the warrant, they need to send money via an online account. Citizens have reported receiving multiple calls from the same 712 area code phone number. If the citizen doesn't answer or hangs up on the initial call, a secondary call is being reported as coming from “911” whereas the callers are verbally aggressive, claiming they are with the “police” and that they have a warrant for the citizen's arrest.

Anyone who gets such a call should contact local law enforcement.

Authorities say if you get a call from someone claiming they are collecting money on behalf of the Department of Public Safety, even if caller ID displays DPS, that you should just hang up. The agency says it does not demand immediate payment via prepaid debit cards or online accounts. They add you should no provide or confirm any personal information or financial information to anyone who calls you.