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Police Beat: Ignore these accented calls; not from us

Friday afternoon, March 10, the River Falls Police Department's Facebook page posted this warning: “Please be aware that someone is using our phone number and demanding money and other information. Please do not give them any information and please call if you have given them anything. The callers have a very thick accent and can be very agressive and rude. They will have basic information of yours, but the calls are not from River Falls Police Officers!”

Deputy Police Chief Jon Aubart said police took a few calls today from people who were called from the police department's phone number asking for personal information.

“It appears that our non-emergency line is being spoofed,” Aubart said. “We not sure where this is coming from at this time.”

Caller ID spoofing is the practice of causing the phone network to indicate to the receiver of a call that the originator of the call is a station other than the true originating station.