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Billings police warning of K9 phone scam

Posted at 5:57 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:49:35-04

BILLINGS – Residents in Billings have been receiving calls for donations from a group claiming to have bought K9 police dogs for the Billings Police Department.

Do not fall for it, police say. It’s a scam.

Billings police said in a Facebook post to “please not give personal or financial information out over the phone, and to feel free to contact them with any questions if you have doubts concerning solicitors claiming to be supporting the police department.”

Billings Police Lt. Brandon Wooley says, unfortunately, these calls are almost impossible to trace.

A lot of these scams are using voice over internet protocol phones, so you can’t trace them. They are oftentimes out of state, maybe out of the country. So they are almost virtually impossible to trace,” said Wooley. 

The Phillips 66 refinery in Billings and Scheels Sporting Goods are the only ones to have purchased K9s for the department, according to Billings police. They do not solicit the public for donations.