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.
HERE’S WHAT TO DO IF A PHONE SCAMMER CALLS YOU:
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