The Boston Police Department has recently been made aware of a phone extortion scam involving a dating website and spoofed phone numbers. The BPD continues to take reports from residents who appear to have been targeted by this scam.
Victims of the scam have reported that they are contacted via a user of the dating website demanding that they pay money to the user. The victims report they are then contacted by a person claiming to be an officer on a spoofed Boston Police Department phone number and demands that the suspect be paid the money.
Residents who believe they may be a victim of this scam are advised to contact 911 immediately. Residents are advised that the Boston Police Department will never call your home or cellphone demanding immediate payment of money. In addition to filing a report with the Boston Police Department, victims are also encouraged to report any Phone/Internet Fraud Scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Please call the FTC at 1(877) FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261 or visit their website at: www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts.