Farmington, Minnesota

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Police Department Issues a Scam Warning

Police Department Issues a Scam Warning
Posted on 03/02/2018
Farmington Police Squad SUVThe city of Farmington Police Department is
working to spread the word about a new scam effecting the Farmington community.

Scammers have been targeting Farmington residents by calling them, and posing as the Public Works Department looking for payment for a utility bill. The caller identification is spoofed to show up as “Public Works” to trick the victim.

Tips to stay safe:
  • City staff will never reach out for a payment through the phone
  • All communications of utility bills is through the U.S. Mail
  • If residents receive a call from city staff, the caller identification shows up as “City of Farmington” and will not list a specific department
  • Never give anyone personal information over the phone
“The most frustrating part for us at the police department is that we have no way to track these scammers down,” said Administrative Sergeant Jim Constantineau.

All the information showing up on caller identification is spoofed. These scammers use sophisticated technology to keep their location undisclosed.

If you have been the victim of a scam, call the Farmington Police Department at 9-1-1. For more information about the Farmington Police Department, visit