• Lake Mary police concerned by phone scam that appears to come from their department


    LAKE MARY, Fla. - Kaitlin Brody was concerned when she got a call from a man claiming to be a federal agent. He told here there was a warrant out for her arrest and she was facing jail time for failing to repay a loan.
    "There is a federal imprisonment of three years," the man said.
    The man said that if Brody wanted to avoid going to jail and paying a $15,000 fine she could pay a restitution fee. 
    He said, "$1,253.13; this is the federal restitution amount, if you have any willingness on your end in taking care of this."
    Police said Brody didn't believe what the man was saying and called them instead.
    According to police, the scam is not a new one, but they are concerned by it.
    "It appeared on her caller ID with the Lake Mary Police Department number on it and that's what caused us an immediate amount of concern," said Zach Hudson with the Lake Mary Police Department.
    Brody later called the suspect back while a detective listened in and towards the end of the call the detective got on the line.   
    "You're talking to the Lake Mary Police Department, in Lake Mary, Florida, and just to let you know, we're tracing back your information," the detective said in the call.
    "Alright, I'm going to put you on a three-way conference with the Sanford Police Department," the caller said.
    "Yeah, yeah, OK, sure, because Sanford has nothing to do with the Lake Mary Police Department.  So I'm very happy to tell you your scam was caught," the detective told the caller.
    Investigators said they don't know where the call originated, but believe the caller used some type of app that masked his phone number and made it look like it came from the police department.

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