Paducah police are warning people about a scam that is "spoofing" the police department's main telephone number.

A woman told police Thursday she received a telephone call from a man who said he works for the Paducah Police Department. The man knew the woman's birth date and address through the internet and said he had a warrant for her arrest.

The man told the woman she could verify his employment by using an internet search for the phone number from which he was calling, which showed up on her telephone as 270-444-8550. That is the police department's main line into Central Dispatch.

The man told the woman she could avoid going to jail by paying a fine and instructed her to go to the police department and await further instructions.

The woman became suspicious and called the police department to report the incident.

The police department does not contact people by telephone regarding outstanding warrants. People who receive such a call should hang up and call authorities immediately. Never give personal information over the telephone.

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