Published on June 27, 2019
Huntsville Police wants the public to be aware of a particular phone scammer that is using HPD personnel information. The past several weeks there have been at least a half-dozen instances whereby an individual is calling local businesses and indicating they are personnel with HPD and using a specific name of an HPD employee to gain the caller’s trust. They attempt to solicit for funds by using official programs or affiliations like “shop with a cop” or the local Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police and even sending an electronic copy of an FOP letter to legitimize the call. The caller asks for a contribution and continues dialogue to set up a meeting to receive that contribution. The businesses that received these calls notified us before following through. Thus far we have not learned of a business that has made an actual contribution.
Please remember that HPD does not solicit for funds nor do we make phone calls to collect fines or fees. If you or a business has had an experience similar to one described in this release or actually made a contribution to someone under these circumstances, please call us at one of our alternate response numbers; North Precinct 256-427-7224, South 256-427-7226 or West 256-427-7225.