We want to alert the community that someone has been making harassing phone calls to people in the neighborhood, pretending to be with the HPCC or the Mayor’s Office. We want to assure everyone that this is the work of a prankster. The calls may look like they are coming from a phone number you recognize. This practice is called “spoofing.” Spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is a federal crime. This activity has been reported to the local police and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for investigation. If you believe that you have been called by this person, please email the HPCC at HPCCPgh@gmail.com. You can also file a complaint with the Pittsburgh Police Department by calling 9-1-1.
As a reminder, do not provide any sort of personal information (e.g., email address, credit card number, social security number, voting information, etc.) to individuals that you don’t know over the phone. If the caller claims to be from a legitimate company or organization, hang up and call them back using a valid number found on their website or on your latest bill if you do business with them. For additional tips on protecting yourself from spoofing,visit https://www.fcc.gov/spoofed-robocalls.
Thank you and stay safe!