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Branson Police Warn of Phone Scam

Branson Police are warning residents of a phone scam.  The department says it’s received two reports in one week of citizens receiving a phone call from a caller claiming to be a Branson police officer.  The caller in one case told the person on the other end they had warrants for their arrest.  In the other case, the victim was sent photos and then threatened regarding receiving child pornography.

They were instructed to purchase prepaid money cards to provide to the caller.   

In both situations the suspects used spoofing—they deliberately falsified the information transmitted to the caller i.d. to disguise their identity.

The department says it never contacts citizens by phone to collect fees or fines.