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Posted on: December 23, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Phone Scam Alert – Officer Impersonation

Today multiple citizens have contacted the Ankeny Police Department to report they had received a phone call from Lieutenant Brian Huggins of the Ankeny Police Department who told them they had warrants out for their arrest for failure to appear and contempt of court.  The person they spoke with was not Lieutenant Huggins, but someone impersonating him.  This imposter then told these people he will transfer them to his Captain for more details.  They are then transferred to another person who claims to be Captain Greg Throckmorton, but this person is also an imposter (It should be noted Captain Throckmorton retired from the Ankeny Police Department 11 years ago).  The citizens are then told they need to go to Wal-Mart where they will be sent a code so they could pay a for their fines without going to jail.  At this time the Ankeny Police Department is unaware of anyone who has sustained a monetary loss. 

Additionally, caller ID will show the calls are coming from the “Ankeny PD” and a fake voice mail account has been set up so when citizens call these numbers back it sounds like you are calling the Ankeny Police Department, but the Ankeny Police Department would like to assure the public this is a fake voice mail account.  Two of the phone numbers associated with these calls have been identified as (515) 420-5075 & (515) 428-7995, but these scam calls could be coming from a several different phone numbers. 

The Ankeny Police Department and the City of Ankeny would like to publicly state neither the Police or Fire Departments will ever call and ask for money over the phone.

If anyone ever calls claiming to be from any law enforcement agency (local, county, state or federal) or the IRS and asks for money, social security numbers, credit card information and/or gift cards, hang up call the local authorities and report the call.  No law enforcement agency will ever ask you for money or to purchase gift cards for them over the phone. 

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