(New Castle, DE 19720) Recently, officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were made aware of a phone scam in which the caller pretended to be Lieutenant Faulkner from the New Castle City Police Department. In this case, the scammer told the victim to withdraw $6,000 to pay for her outstanding warrants. The scammer told her that she would be arrested if she did not pay. The scammer spoofed his caller ID to appear as though the phone call was coming from New Castle City Police Department.

Caller ID spoofing has become more prevalent amongst scammers.

The number displayed on your Caller ID may look like it’s coming from a government agency, business, or even someone in your contacts to trick you into answering the call. If you receive a call from a government entity that you believe is a scam, end the call immediately, then call the phone number listed on the government agency’s website to determine if the call is legitimate.

Here are some additional points to remember:

No police officer in Delaware will ever request or take funds over the phone. Any payments owed must be made in person to the respective court.

The only way to alleviate a warrant is to appear at the issuing agency or the court. Also, when posting bail, even for a family member, you must be present to post the bail.

If you think you have been the victim of a scam or fraud, please do not be embarrassed or ashamed. These scammers can be persuasive, and you are not alone. Contact the New Castle County Police non-emergency line (302)-573-2800 or (302) 395-8171 to report a scam.