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Phone Scam Targeting Your Wallet

The latest in phone scams is to call targets and identify oneself as law enforcement. Scammers are threatening their victims with arrest if they fail to provide personal financial information and a credit card to clear up an existing warrant for their arrest.

These scammers claim the warrant was issued as a result of a postal parcel that was intercepted and contained illegal substances. They proceed to claim that the parcels contents can result in up to ten years imprisonment. Many elderly and unsuspecting victims fall prey as these scammers make it appear as if the illegal contraband somehow landed into a package that the victim may have possibly mailed.

The caller identifies himself by name, and as a current member of the the local Police Department in which the caller is located.

With the Holiday Season upon us, we wanted to identify this scam so that our residents in New Hampshire do not fall prey to this.

In no situation would law enforcement ever solicit money over the phone to clear up an arrest warrant.

“These scams come and go,” Chief Phillip Roberts said. “We just like to get the word out if you get these calls to report it to local authorities so we are aware of it, and just remind people to never provide any information over the phone unless you are 100% certain on who you are talking to.”

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The mission at FAST is to increase public awareness of financial exploitation with the goal of mitigating risk of exploitation and protecting our state’s vulnerable populations.

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