Release from Fairfield Police Department:
In the past several weeks a new scams has occurred targeting the elderly. In the past, we have seen IRS scams which the caller claims you owe back taxes. We have seen the grandparent scam which the caller claims to be the targeted person’s grandchild needing money for bail or medical expenses.
Lately, the scammers are impersonating police officers and telling the targeted person they will be arrested if they don’t send large quantities of money through the mail and/or wire money to a certain location. The caller will claim to or may have the targeted person’s name, date of birth, social security number, and bank information. Typically, the caller’s voice has a foreign accent.
First, no law enforcement entity will call a person to inform he or she has an arrest warrant. Law enforcement entities will just show up at your door and arrest you. Second, if a person is arrested, police officers do not handle any cash dealing with bond issues. An arrested person will either go through a bail bonds company or pay the bond to the jail staff. Third, the bond gets paid directly to the agency issuing a warrant not a third party. Law enforcement agencies will not ask you send large amounts of cash through the mail whether it is the postal service, UPS, or FedEx. Those mailing or shipping services are not supposed to send cash. Fourth, do not wire large sums of money to a third party individual at a location you have never been to. Fifth, if they tell you an arrest warrant ask for the name of the department that has issued the alleged arrest warrant. Sixth, many of the calls will come from a spoofed phone number that the targeted person is not familiar with.
We are asking banking institutions to question any customer who is wiring large sums of money that is out of the ordinary. Please take the time to explain this recent scam. We are asking mailing and shipping businesses to verify that cash is not being mailed or shipped.
If you are a targeted individual, DO NOT send any money. Once your money is picked up at the other end, your money is gone and it will be very difficult if not impossible to get the money back. Contact your local law enforcement center at 641-472-4146.