BPD Community Advisory: The Boston Police Department Warns Residents of Fraudulent Phone Calls with Scammers Claiming to be from Law Enforcement Agencies

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BPD Community Advisory: The Boston Police Department has received two recent reports of incidents where victims were contacted by a phone number which appeared to be that of a legitimate law enforcement agency. During these phone calls, the victims were informed that they were the subject of a “federal investigation” by a male party claiming to be an officer or an agent of an official capacity. One of the victims became suspicious and terminated the phone call before filing a police report. The other victim, however, was unfortunately scammed out of a large sum of money after agreeing to purchase several digital gift cards and sharing the relevant information via a mobile phone application. Both investigations remain ongoing at this time.

Please note, the Boston Police Department will never call to request sensitive information or funds of any kind. If you believe you have been the target of such a call, please note the phone number where the call originated and report the incident to the Boston Police Department immediately.

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