District warns of 'spoofing' scam

The Pulaski Community School District is warning area residents of a scam of someone illegally using a district telephone number to sell security systems.



The Pulaski Police Department reported the scam to the district Wednesday, June 28, 2017. A local resident told police he was solicited for a security system and given a callback number belonging to the district. When the resident called back, the scammer on the line said it was the school district number. However, when police called the district number, the person to whom the number belonged reported not being called by the local resident who was checking the authenticity of the sales pitch.



Pulaski Police Chief Mark Hendzel said it is likely a case of "spoofing" where individuals can pay for technology to have a different telephone number show up in caller I.D. and as a callback number.



Residents should know that the district is not soliciting sales of security systems or other products.

If anyone receives such calls that appear to come from the district, they are fraudulent.

The Better Business Bureau offers these 10 tips to help people prevent from being scammed.

  1. Never send money to someone you have never met face-to-face.

  2. Don’t click on links or open attachments in unsolicited email.  

  3. Don’t believe everything you see.  

  4. Don’t buy online unless the transaction is secure.

  5. Be extremely cautious when dealing with anyone you’ve met online.  

  6. Never share personally identifiable information.  

  7. Don’t be pressured to act immediately.  

  8. Use secure, traceable transactions.  

  9. Whenever possible, work with local businesses.

  10. Be cautious about what you share on social media.

For further information from the BBB, click here.