DCI warns of scam in Iowa

DES MOINES ? Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Criminal Investigation and Iowa State Patrol are warning of a scam targeting Iowans by misrepresenting the staff of the department.

The Iowa State Patrol received reports Thursday from citizens that scammers were posing to be employees of the department. The callers would claim that they were investigating a lawsuit and were special agents with the DCI.

If you receive a similar call, contact your local law enforcement and the Iowa Attorney General?s Office Hotline at 515-281-5926 or 888-777-4590.

Some tips to prevent being targeted by fraudulent calls include:

If you get a call from someone who claims they are collecting money on behalf of the DPS ? even if a caller ID device shows the DPS ? hang up.

The DPS does not demand immediate payment via prepaid debit cards.

Do not provide or confirm personal information or financial information to anyone who calls.

These calls do not have to be reported, but if you lost money through the scam, report it to your local law enforcement office.