Apparently a scammer in Alaska is using a gadget, possibly a smart phone, and making bogus calls mimicking other numbers on caller ID systems.
Last Friday an Anchorage resident was received a call that appeared to come from the Anchorage Police Department. A heavy accented man demanded money and told the woman that he was Police Chief Mark Mew. Unlucky for this scammer the caller had met Police Chief Mark Mew and knew that this wasn’t him calling.
When the man hung up she re-dialed the number he called from and to her surprise ended up calling the police department (that was handy!).
Other residents have received calls with threats of arrest if they don’t send $700,000 from an electronic fraud cases they were allegedly a part of.
Somehow the scammers had the victims’ called personal information, including their Social Security Numbers. The police have issued a warning and I’m sure are investigating this case more in depth.
APD would like to remind members of the public not to share personal information with anyone you have not initiated contact with for bona fide business purposes, or whose identity you are not sure of,” [Lt. Dave] Parker said – Source.
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