The Albany police has received reports of a current phone scam in which the caller identifies themselves as the Albany Police. These kinds of scams happen all the time to people with landlines.

On Monday, March 19, 2018, Albany Police Detective Division received several phone calls from concerned citizens asking detectives if they had a warrant. Each of the callers informed detectives that that had received a telephone call from someone claiming to be the Albany Police and that the person of the other end of the line told them that they had a warrant for an unpaid debt.

If you receive one of these scam phone calls, hang up immediately.

Practically anyone could be the target of this kind of scam, so if you get a phone call that doesn't sound right, make sure you are careful and don't give out any information. You can see the Albany PD's full statement here.

Please also familiarize yourself with the following safety tips in regards to phone scams:

• Do not give out personal, credit, or banking information to unverified sources.
• Be aware of high pressure techniques, such as need to give information on the spot.
• Call the Albany police at 518-438-4000 is you believe someone is attempting to defraud you.

When faced with these kinds of scams its best to use common sense the police are never going to call you and give you a warning that you have a warrant for your arrest.