BPD Community Alert: 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 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

 

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

 

BPD Scam Alert: BPD Issues Scam Alert Relative to Threatening Phone Calls Made by IRS Impersonators

On Monday, May 7, 2018, the Boston Police Department received several reports relative to an aggressive phone scam targeting elderly community members. According to the reports, individuals "spoofing" a Boston Police Department non-emergency phone number and claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are threatening to arrest people for failing to pay back taxes to the IRS. While these dangerous and cunning con artists can sound convincing and credible, they are far from it. If you receive such a call, don’t allow yourself to get scammed. Please be aware of the following as it relates to the IRS and their manner of tax collection. Here are some things the IRS will NEVER do:

(1) The IRS will never call your home demanding the immediate payment of any taxes over the phone.

(2) Furthermore, the IRS will never ask for your credit or debit card information over the phone.

(3) The IRS will never demand that you pay taxes using a specific method like a prepaid debit card.

(4) The IRS will never threaten to have you arrested or threaten to send the police to your house for not paying taxes.

If you feel like you’re being scammed, hang up the phone and call the Boston Police or the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. For more information as it relates to the IRS and scam alerts, please visit: www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts

BPD Community Advisory: Holiday Package Theft

With the busy holiday shopping season upon us, the Boston Police Department would once again like to take this time to remind our residents to protect themselves from being targeted for package theft. Here's how:

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***And remember, after a day shopping in Boston, please do not leave packages or bags of gifts inside your personal vehicle in plain view from the outside. This may present an attractive target for thieves during the holiday season.***

Community Advisory: BPD Continues to Monitor Incident in New York City

The Boston Police Department sends our sympathies and prayers to all those impacted by the senseless attack today in New York City.  We commend the work of the NYPD officer who bravely confronted the suspect and stopped further harm. 

The Boston Police Department remains in close contact with our local and federal law enforcement partners in New York and while there is no known threat to the Boston area, the Department is reminding officers to be extra vigilant as they go about their patrols this evening paying particular attention to areas that tend to attract a large crowd. With Halloween upon us, we are also reminding parents and neighbors to be aware of their surroundings and if you see something say something. 

BPD Community Advisory: Brace Yourselves--Student Move-in Is This Weekend!

As student move-in weekend (also fondly known as "Allston Christmas") approaches, the BPD encourages residents and students to review the safety information we have provided for students and residents who may be new to Boston on how to stay safe while living in the city. Click on the following links for tips:

The BPD also encourages students and residents to visit the City of Boston Move-In website. It has everything you need to know to help you plan accordingly for your move and travels in and around the city on September 1-4, 2017. Students and others moving into Boston over Labor Day Weekend should be aware that temporary traffic and parking restrictions will be implemented in busy residential areas around the city to help facilitate a smooth moving day for new residents. Temporary traffic changes and detours will be instituted as necessary by the Boston Police Department and the Boston Transportation Department.

Please plan accordingly, be patient, and if you see something, say something--our officers are here to help! Welcome back, students!

BPD Community Advisory for Events Scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2017 on the Boston Common

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, the Boston Police Department anticipates large crowds to gather in the Boston Common and participate in a march along a predetermined route beginning at the Reggie Lewis Center and ending in the Boston Common. The Department has been and continues to be in contact with event organizers from several groups and is working with them to ensure a safe and peaceful day.

The Department has a comprehensive operational plan in place. While details of the plan are not for public release, those in attendance at the event can expect a large police presence of both uniformed and undercover officers. The Department will be deploying fixed video cameras and mobile video support teams to assist with keeping the event safe for all who attend.  

Parking in and around the Boston Common will be prohibited. Signs have been posted, “No Stopping Boston Police Special Event” on effected roadways.

Due to increased public safety concerns, those who plan on visiting the Boston Common on Saturday August 19, 2017, are strongly urged not to bring backpacks, large bags or strollers. For those who choose to bring these items, please be advised that they may be subject to search, and there will be no storage area designated to leave the belongings.

In order to provide a safe and peaceful environment, the Boston Police Department has determined certain items be prohibited from the Boston Common.  Please see the list of prohibited items below:

  •          Firearms, knives, weapons, sharp objects, shields or fireworks
  •          Pop up tents or canopies
  •          Cans, glass containers, pre-mixed beverages or alcoholic beverages
  •          Wagons or pull carts
  •          Coolers
  •          Drones
  •          Pets (excluding certified service animals)
  •          Grills, propane tanks or open flames
  •          Bicycles
  •          Flag poles, bats, clubs, sticks (including signs attached to sticks)   
  •          Any athletic equipment or other item which could be used as a weapon

The Boston Police Department expects all who will be attending events on the Boston Common to act respectfully and responsibly. The Department intends to provide a safe and peaceful opportunity for people to exercise their Constitutional rights. Violence or property damage of any kind will not be tolerated. Anyone engaging in illegal behavior is subject to arrest and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.  

BPD Community Advisory: Training Exercises Planned in and Around the Greater Boston Area

The Department of Defense, in conjunction with local and federal law enforcement, will be conducting training in and around the greater Boston area through July 22, 2017. This is a planned exercise in cooperation with local authorities and is not in response to any current world events. The exercise is expected to have minimal impact to the public. To maintain the highest level of safety, there are no public viewing or media opportunities planned during this event.

If you happen to see anything of concern and wish to confirm that it is part of one of these previously scheduled training events, please contact the Boston Police Office of Media Relations at (617) 343-4520.