Phony cop phone fraud re­ported in Mem­phrem­a­gog

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS -

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."

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