BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Department has received another recent report of an incident where a victim was contacted by a phone number which appeared to be that of a legitimate law enforcement agency. During this most recent phone call, the victim was informed that they were the subject of an investigation by a party claiming to be a police officer. The victim 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. The investigation remains 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