BPD Community Alert: What To Do If a Phone Scammer Calls You


Yesterday, on Wednesday May 22, 2019, officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) took a report from an adult victim who was scammed out of several thousand dollars after receiving a phone call from from an unknown person claiming to be with the “Social Security Bureau.” The scammer called from a number which was disguised to appear as a legitimate Boston Police Department phone number and requested that the victim send money via an electronic transaction to which the victim complied.

The Boston Police Department is issuing a community alert in hopes of protecting, educating and informing community members on the appropriate steps to take if a phone scammer targets or calls them.


  • You control the call. If you sense you’re being scammed, hang up the phone.

  • If any monetary demands are made, especially ones where the scammer requests funds be sent via MoneyGram or Western Union, it is a tell-tale sign of a fraud.  

  • Note the phone number where the call or text 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