FOREST CITY — Police are warning about a telephone scam aimed at stealing personal information.

Forest City police have been receiving complaints from concerned citizens in reference to calls they have received with the caller stating that they are with the Social Security Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Treasury, Homeland Security and/or the US Marshals Service.

The recordings claim that you have a warrant out for your arrest because they have located a vehicle registered to you in a different state with drugs inside. They have also offered a partial social security number to some of the victims. The scammers usually make threats and demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or legal action.

Do not fall for it, police say.

  • If the caller demands sensitive personal information, payment via gift card or pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, it is a scam.
  • If the caller makes threats when you do not comply with their request, it is a scam.

If you receive a suspicious call:

1. Hang up!

2. Do not give them money or personal information!

3. Report the scam at OIG.SSA.GOV/REPORT.