Commnity Alert: BPD Warning Community Members of Extortion Phone Scam

The BPD is warning residents of a phone scam in which the suspect attempts to extort money from victims. BPD is currently investigating two recent incidents where the suspect calls the victims and informs them that a family member has been involved in a car accident with the suspect. The suspect goes on to say that the family member is in need of medical attention and will be held without medical care unless the victim sends money via wire transfer to cover expenses. The suspect caller also warns the victims not to call police or their family member will be harmed.

Several similar incidents have been reported to the BPD over the past four months. No victims have been injured during any of these attempts and the suspects have not been successful in getting victims to send money.

BPD is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. The BPD is also asking other victims to come forward and report their incidents. Community members can call their local police station or 9-1-1 to report incidents.   

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those wishing to remain anonymous.