Scam of the week: Caller ID spoofs Washington State Patrol

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The latest phone scam is a voice mail pretending to come from the Washington State Patrol (WSP).

The caller leaves a voicemail saying there are bombs in the area and the recipient should log onto the website they provide to ensure personal safety.


Caller ID (screenshot attached) shows a WSP phone number as the supposed origin of the call, presumably to lend credibility to the call.

WSP has not heard from anyone who actually logged on to the website. Sometimes these scams are just meanness, meant to upset and terrify the recipient. More often, visiting the website leads to providing credit card information.

WSP urges all citizens to be vigilant in protecting both their personal safety and personal information.

Anyone who receives a threatening call of any sort or witnesses suspicious or potential dangerous activity should always contact local law enforcement by calling 911.


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