MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Police in Rutherford County are warning of a phone scam where someone impersonates a police chief in an attempt to steal money.
Investigators with the Murfreesboro Police Department said the phone calls show up on caller ID as coming from their department. The caller claims to be the police chief and tells the victims they owe money to the IRS. They then attempt to arrange a payment.
Detectives believe the scammers use a type of router box that make it appear the call is actually coming from the Murfreesboro Police Department.
Mohammad Salehzadeh said he knows the IRS does not make phone calls to random people, which is why he was very skeptical when he got a call Monday from a woman claiming to be from the agency.
Salehzadeh said the woman was asking for taxes he supposedly owed.
“I hung up on them and they called back again, and they said, ‘this is Chief Police of Murfreesboro and you hung up on our officers’ and again I hung up I said ‘I know you're a scam,’” he said.
Major Clyde Adkinson said within minutes of that call, the suspects called yet another victim in Rutherford County.
Scam artists have somehow managed to display the number to the Murfreesboro Police Department on everyone's caller ID. The person on the other line has also claimed to be Chief of Police Glenn Chrisman.
Officials want residents to know the calls are bogus, and the police will never call to collect money over the phone.
If you receive one of these calls, call Murfreesboro Police to report it.