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Inside the Police Reports: A Norcross couple have reportedly been receiving phone calls from individuals who have manipulated other phone numbers, such as the Norcross Police's line, to appear as their own.

A Norcross couple have reportedly been receiving fraudulent phone calls from individuals who have manipulated other phone numbers, such as the Norcross Police's phone number, to appear as their own.

The husband and wife notified police of the ongoing incident Friday, Nov. 7, according to the Norcross Police report. They told police that the individuals, believed to be two men, have spoken with them in an attempt to collect money "for their client," on a debt that does not exist and is not legitimate.

On one call, the first man ringed them from a 347 area code. He told them that he was working with the Norcross Police Department and an officer would be calling them immediately.

The second individual then called them, and their number showed up on the victim's caller ID as the Norcross PD's non-emergency phone number. Identifying himself as a Norcross Police officer and supplying a badge number, he attempted to intimidate the victims and facilitate the scam of collecting funds.

The men apparently have the ability to manipulate the numbers displayed on caller ID, because when the couple had their attorney call the men, they hung up on him, but they called back the victims using the attorney's number on the caller ID.

The victims described the callers as having Indian or Pakistani accents, and the officers listened to a voicemail left by the suspects to confirm the accent.

Norcross Police advised the couple to closely monitor their financial accounts, and even though they had been doing so already, the wife said her bank account was previously accessed without authorization. It's unknown if it's related to the phone call situation, though.

The incident is being deemed as theft by deception.

Inside Police Reports runs regularly every week. The information is based solely on police incident reports provided on request.

See also:

  • Gwinnett Police Looking for Suspects in T-Mobile Robbery
  • Norcross Police Look for Credit Card Scammer
  • Norcross Area Men Allegedly Run Online Car Scam

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Michael Dwells November 16, 2012 at 08:11 AM
That's called Caller ID Spoofing. Read a lot of complaints about that at http://www.callercenter.com and it's disconcerting how easily scammers can use the technology to trick people into thinking the call is legit.
Sarah Bakhtiari November 16, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Thanks, Michael!
Arlene P. Beckles November 18, 2012 at 04:00 PM
This has been going on for months, and was reported to NPD earlier in the year. The most recent set of calls are coming from 678-749-9947 a reverse lookup tool shows this number as a landline in Dekalb County.
Sarah Bakhtiari November 19, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Thanks, Arlene!

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