Port St. Lucie Police warn residents of Phone Scams circling our area

Port St. Lucie Police warn residents of Phone Scams circling our area

Port St. Lucie, Fl- On August 23, 2019, Port St. Lucie police received a few phone calls to their non-emergency number with concerns of a PHONE SCAM.

The Scam goes something like this- The SCAMMER greets the potential victim saying: The Port St. Lucie Police Department has outstanding warrants for “Money Laundering, Drug Trafficking and/ or Social Security Fraud”, and the potential victim is required to speak with “Officer Marshall” (we do not have an employee named- Officer Marshall) to avoid being picked up on the arrest. The SCAMMER provides the potential victim with a similar number to the Port St. Lucie Police Department’s main number, except for the +1 (out of the country/ +1-772-871-5000). The SCAMMER initially called from +1818-290-3414. The SCAMMER then tells the potential victim to provide him with bank details/information, and their Social Security number.

These SCAMMERS often use “spoofed” numbers, making it appear as though they are calling from your local police department. Sometimes the SCAMMER will demand immediate advanced payments from MoneyGram, Western Union, iTunes Cards or have the potential victim(s) buy a pre-paid credit card (Green Dot) and/or send money by other means.

Citizens receiving these phone calls should not, under any circumstances, provide their personal or financial information to the caller, nor agree to make any payments under the caller’s direction.

This is a SCAM!!!  The Port St Lucie Police Department is warning our citizens of fake calls being made that claim you must pay money to avoid being arrested on a warrant.

 

 

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