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Beware Of Scammers Posing As Law Enforcement Agents


By: Industrial Federal Credit Union

Beware of Scammers Posing as Law Enforcement Agents

Attention Members: Beware of Scammers Posing as Law Enforcement Agents

We've recently received concerning reports regarding scammers impersonating law enforcement agents. These scammers are attempting to obtain your money and personal information through alarming phone calls.

We're actively warning members about this scam, emphasizing that if you receive such a call, it is not from law enforcement.

These scammers employ various deceptive tactics, including the use of fake names and badge numbers. In some instances, they may even use the identities of real law enforcement agents, accompanied by a text in what appears to be legitimate law enforcement credentials in photo form. Additionally, these scammers may possess certain details about you, such as part or all of your Social Security number (SSN). For medical professionals like doctors and pharmacists, they may possess National Provider Identifier numbers or state license numbers.

The narratives concocted by these fraudulent agents vary, but typically involve scenarios such as the purported seizure of a car containing illegal drugs rented in your name, or the discovery of documents implicating you in drug-related activities or money laundering.

The impostor may then request that you transfer money to them for reasons such as safekeeping, payment of fines, or to demonstrate cooperation. They often provide instructions on how to send the money, commonly through wire transfers or by purchasing gift cards and providing the card numbers.

Here are key points to remember:

  • Law enforcement will never call and ask for your SSN or any other personal information. It will not demand payment, nor will it contact you to threaten arrest or claim you are under investigation.
  • Caller ID may display a legitimate law enforcement phone number, but this does not confirm the authenticity of the call. Modern technology enables scammers to manipulate caller ID information, so it's crucial not to rely solely on this.
  • Never disclose your SSN or confirm any portion of it to unknown callers. Similarly, refrain from providing bank account or credit card numbers to anyone contacting you unsolicited.
  • Any request to wire money, purchase gift cards, or send cash or cryptocurrency should be treated as a scam, regardless of the identity the caller claims to have.

If you receive a suspicious call, promptly end the conversation. Inform your friends and family about the scam, and report the incident to Your vigilance is essential in combating these fraudulent activities.