Scam Calls Impersonate Wyoming Highway Patrol
Phone scams more than doubled in Wyoming over the last year. On Tuesday, the Wyoming Highway Patrol issued a statement warning the public about another new phone call scam circulating throughout the state.
The caller tells the person on the other end of the line that their relative has been in a motor vehicle crash and has been arrested for driving while under the influence. They then claim that the relative needs cash for bail and attorney fees. The phone number of the caller appears to be from a legitimate law enforcement office in Dubois, or another Wyoming city or surrounding state, though the number has actually been replicated, or “spoofed,” to look like they are coming from a legitimate agency.
However, the WHP does not call individuals to request payment over the phone. They encourage anyone who may have received questionable phone calls soliciting funds to contact their local law enforcement or government agency to verify the information they may have received.
For a listing of identified robocall numbers with a 307 area code, including recordings and transcripts of the messages associated with each number, click here. Approximately half of all robocalls are scams.