Fraudulent calls reported in Tuscaloosa

The Tuscaloosa Police Department has received multiple complaints from people receiving fraudulent telephone calls requesting money.

The caller will say they are with a local police department, federal agency, or a bonding company and asking for money on a traffic citation, warrant, or tell you that a family member is in jail and needs to be bonded out. In the past, the caller would ask for credit card numbers or ask you to send money by Western Union. They have also asked for a Green Dot card. A Green Dot card is a prepaid credit card. Once the numbers are given to the caller, money is withdrawn from the account.

A police department spokesperson says the police department will never contact anyone and ask for money for any of the reasons given. If you receive a call saying you owe money for a fine, the police department says do not purchase a green dot car or send any form of cash to the caller.