Police warn of phone scam impersonating Homeland Security

Police are warning about a scam in the area with phone callers trying to get your personal information by pretending to be with the federal or state government or a local police agency.

According to the Nashville Police Department, people are getting called by someone who identifies themselves as being with the department of homeland security. The caller claims to be calling on behalf of the Nashville Police chief and threatening the victim with fines or jail time. The scammers are spoofing the identity of the Nashville department on caller ID and even giving a legitimate police department number where you can supposedly call them back.

However, the Nashville police say that they will never call and ask for personal information over the phone. They say that if you don’t know for sure that the person on the other end of the line is an officer is OK to say no and to not provide your personal information.

If you have any questions you can call the Nashville Police Department at 812-988-5533 or your own community police agency.