ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Scammers are again on the prowl in Orange County, according to reports from the Newport Beach police department. Here’s what happened, and how you can avoid getting scammed.

“On Friday, we were notified by some of our community members that they had received calls from an individual claiming to work for the Police Department who requested their addresses and personal information,” a spokesperson for the Newport Beach Police Department said.

The Caller ID on these phone calls looked like they were Newport Beach Police Department phone numbers.

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“Residents who contacted us directly were able to confirm that these calls did not come from our department,” Newport Beach Police Department Spokeswoman Heather Rangel said.

When you get a call from an unknown number, ask yourself… is the caller who you think it is?

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“Scammers are good at pretending to be someone they’re not,” according to Rangel.

They can be convincing, she says. Sometimes the caller can manipulate Caller ID, using information from social networking sites, or by hacking into email accounts, to make it seem more real.

“They’ll pressure you or play on your emotions to get personal information or money from you,” she says.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Stop. Check it out. For calls from alleged government agencies or utility companies: Do…

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