Redmond, WA – In the last week, the Redmond Police Department has received complaints from victims reporting that suspects are using a phone number associated with the Redmond Police to extort funds from victims.
The complainants reported that they received calls from a subject claiming to be from the IRS. The caller told the victim that they owe the IRS money and the money needs to be paid or they will be arrested. The phone number that is associated with the call is 425-556-2500. This number is associated with the Redmond Police Department, but it is not a number that is displayed when calls originate from the Police Department.
This is a continuing trend where citizens are being contacted by suspects claiming to be government employees. The citizens are told they need to pay the government agency to avoid arrest or deportation.
Redmond Police is advising everyone to be aware of these types of scams. Government agencies do not initiate calls to collect funds over the phone. If you receive these type of calls please notify your local agency.
RPD Press Release