New phone scam uses Austin Police Department phone numbers

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Telephone scams aren’t anything new, but the Austin Police Department says a new scam is circulating that makes it seem like the real thing.

The scam phone calls are coming in from Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) numbers. In some of these cases, scammers have been able to copy APD’s phone numbers so that the victim’s caller ID that shows the call is coming from APD.

According to Austin police, the numbers from the VOIPs are virtually untraceable and if they are able to be tracked they lead to other countries.

The scammers are mainly targeting young, college age people and they say they are law enforcement or with the IRS. They tell the victims they need to buy cash cards (usually Green Dot) and give them the card numbers over the phone.

The public should be aware that neither the IRS nor APD will solicit or instruct individuals over the phone to withdraw funds and then place those funds on any cash card account in order to avoid being jailed or suffer a negative consequence. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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