Phone scams making the rounds

The Mountain View Police Department is sounding the alarm about phone scammers soliciting personal information and money from their unsuspecting targets.

A common scam currently circulating involves callers who identify themselves as governmental authorities, insist the victims verify personal information such as Social Security numbers and then threaten imprisonment if the victims don’t pay up, according to a police department press release.

“Please note, this is a scam,” the release stated. “No one from the government, or from any local authority, will call you and require that you verify personal identifying information, then request money. Do not ever provide your personal identifying information by phone.”

In recent days, the department has received “a handful” of calls for service related to the scams, the release reported.

Report suspicious phone calls to the appropriate local law enforcement agency through its nonemergency line: call 903-6344 for the Mountain View Police Department, 947-2770 for the Los Altos Police Department and (408) 299-2311 for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

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