BI phone numbers used in nationwide scam

People around the country have been receiving threatening calls from telephone numbers with Bainbridge prefixes, according to the Bainbridge Island Police Department.

The callers are demanding personal information like Social Security numbers from whomever answers the phone, police say.

The calls aren’t coming from the island, Bainbridge Police Lt. Sue Shultz said.

Shultz said their investigation found that a Colorado company owns the Bainbridge phone numbers and leases them to a New Jersey company. That company leases the numbers over the Internet to anyone “with a credit card” and “limited subscriber information,” she said.

The phone calls are brief. Many of the complaints say the caller, a man of “Middle Eastern” or “Indian” accent, claims to be a police officer or investigator and makes threats to get personal information.

Some of the threats include: “Only God can help you now,” “We are coming for you,” “Watch your back,” and “You don’t know what we’re going to do next.” Often, they call up to 10 times in a row, Shultz said.

Many of the calls came from 855 prefixes. They didn’t seem to come from 842 or 780 prefixes.

Police don’t believe anyone in Kitsap County have been victimized by this scheme.

People with information about such frauds, or who believes they’ve received one, are asked to call 911.