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Tewksbury Police Issue A Scam Alert

Feb 12, 2019 12:31AM

Scam Alert

Atty. Paul King

 The Tewksbury Police Department would like to warn the public that we have seen an increase in telephone scams in recent weeks.  We want to remind you; that you should never agree to give personal information or account information to anyone that you do not know over the phone.  

The most common scams we are currently seeing are:

Grandparent Scam where a person claiming to be a grandchild calls asking for help with bail money, hospital money, car repairs or even airfare.  The grandparent will then be asked to provide credit card information or to purchase gift cards and read the numbers to someone over the phone.

IRS Scam. People claiming to be a police officer or someone from the IRS claiming to have a warrant for your arrest.  The scammer will ask for personal information to verify they have the right person and coerce the victim into providing credit card information in order to pay a fine in order to clear the warrant. 

The "Can You Hear Me?" or "Yes" Scam.  If you answer a call from an unknown number and hear a voice say, "Can you hear me?" hang up immediately. Definitely, don't say yes. If you do, your answer could be recorded and the recording could then be used in an attempt to confirm your approval of charges to your credit card or other accounts.

Robocall Scams.  A robocall is a phone call that's made to your cell phone or landline via automated dialing and is an inexpensive way for businesses to reach a target population. Although they may be annoying, some robocalls are legit, including appointment reminders and some debt collection calls. But others, such as calls about unbelievably low interest rates, unspecified important business concerns, free vacations, and/or card services, for example, are almost certainly scams that are aimed point-blank at your wallet.

If you answer a suspicious-sounding call, hang up. Above all, don't give out any personal, banking, or credit card information.  Remember, no legitimate company will require you to purchase gift cards and give them access to those cards and no government agency will ever ask for payment over the phone. Listed below are some other useful resources on this matter.  

https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2018/grandparent-scam-scenarios.html

https://www.thebalance.com/the-worst-and-most-common-telemarketing-scams-1947468

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams 

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov.   

Al Fresca Ristorante

 

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