Phony cop phone fraud reported in Memphremagog
The Memphremagog Police are advising the public that another citizen has been targeted for fraud on Tuesday evening via a cell phone call from an English-speaking man claiming to be a policeman “who accused him owing taxes of more than $ 2,500," said Paul Tear, Magog police spokesperson. He was ordered to pay that amount immediately otherwise the fake officer would show up at his home with a warrant. The originating phone number displayed was, however, that of the Memphremagog Police, Tear said.
"The complainant did not respond and no one came to his house, Tear concluded. “That is the only call like that we have received recently, but technology now allows caller to display a desired phone number. As soon as someone contacts you and asks you have to pay a certain amount quickly under the threat of arrest or criminal prosecution, it is a fraud."
"In the majority of cases, the fraudster will ask you for a money transfer or offer to send someone to come and pick up the cash. Above all, don’t give in to this kind of threat or emergency call. As soon as you receive this type of call, hang up and contact your police department."