RALEIGH, N.C. — Police in North Carolina’s capital say they are receiving reports of a telephone scam in which people are being threatened with arrest unless they make payments using prepaid debit cards.

A news release on Tuesday said recent reports to the Raleigh Police Department indicate that scammers often seem familiar with some personal information about those whom they are calling in an attempt to better sell their scam.

Authorities say scammers often use caller ID spoofing to make it appear they are calling from an official number, and there have been reports that caller IDs made it appear that calls were coming from the Raleigh Police Department.

Raleigh police say they never call anyone to demand payment to avoid arrest, and is not involved in trying to collect money from taxpayers.

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