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Indio Police warn of caller impersonating a police officer

SCAM ALERT

The Indio Police Department warned the community late Thursday night of a caller reportedly impersonating a police officer.

In a statement posted to social media, the department said it had received multiple reports of a man calling residents and leaving voicemail messages.

The caller said his name was “Sergeant Jeff Bottoms with the Indio Police Department.” The statement said he requested a return call regarding a, “confidential urgent matter.”

The Indio Police Department said in its statement, "while we do have a Sergeant Jeff Bottoms employed with us, we have confirmed he is not the person making these phone calls."

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*** SCAM ALERT *** Impersonation of an Indio Police Officer August 27, 2020 The Indio Police Department has received multiple reports of an unknown male calling residents and leaving voicemails for a return call. The male states that his name is “Sergeant Jeff Bottoms with the Indio Police Department” and requests a return call regarding a, “confidential urgent matter.” The number provided is not associated with City of Indio or Indio Police. We are currently investigating these calls as a fraudulent impersonation of a peace officer. If you have received any phone calls or voicemails recently from this person or believe you may have been a victim of a scam, please call us to report it at your soonest possibility. While we do have a Sergeant Jeff Bottoms employed with us, we have confirmed he is not the person making these phone calls. As a reminder, the Indio Police Department will never call you to solicit money, gift cards, or items. If you receive suspicious calls or voicemails from anyone claiming to be with the Indio Police Department, we recommend that you check the phone number associated with the call, ask the caller for their name, title and department ID number, ask for the case or incident number the call is in reference to, and call us directly at 760-391-4057 to verify the callers information. #ScamAlert #IndioPolice #OurCommunityOurCommitment

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And the department said the number the caller provided is not associated with City of Indio or Indio Police.

The department is investigating the calls as a fraudulent impersonation of a peace officer.

Anyone who's received a phone call or voicemail recently from this person, or anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a scam, is urged to call the Indio Police Department.

The statement also said Indio Police never call to solicit money, gift cards, or items. Citizens are always recommended to check the phone number associated with any police call, ask the caller for their name, title, and department ID number, ask for the case or incident number the call is in reference to, and call the department directly at 760-391-4057 to verify the caller's information.

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