Richland Police say a number of citizens have reached out  to them asking why the department is calling them. It apparently involves a scam.

Authorities said Thursday if this number comes up on your phone, it's not them.


That IS the number of the police station, but someone is using spoofing technology to copy the RPD number for scam purposes. According to the Feds, this is illegal, but a number of online companies actually sell apps like this. They try to skirt around the law by offering 'legitimate' reasons for using the app.

Apparently it's a very gray area.  So RPD says if you get a call from their number, feel free to call it back, and they will verify they did not call you.

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