New Scam Alert, Bitcoiner Be Aware: Schemer Disguises As “BPD Police Officer” Via Phone And Demands Crypto

New Scam Alert, Be Aware: Scammer Disguises As “BPD Police Officer” Via Phone And Demands Crypto

In a statement released by the Berkeley Police Department, California on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, a new scam has been revealed. In particular, a young woman supposedly got a call from an individual claiming to be “Officer Neil Matthew with Berkeley Police.” (City of Berkeley)

Upon answering the call, the scammer demanded the young woman hand over her cryptocurrencies because she was “under investigation for drug trafficking and fraudulent activities.” Interestingly, the scammer did their best to be as legitimate as possible by masking their number with the Berkeley Police Department’s non-emergency number, which has been shared as being: “510-981-5900”.

The calls didn’t stop with one, as the young woman supposedly got many, even one from 911. After reaching out to the BPD, she was affirmed that there was no “Officer Neil Matthew” at their department. The department has since also taken the time to bring awareness of the issue by listing potential hints one can trace from said calls and it goes as follows,

One can tell if a call being made is a scam if:

  • Threat it made indicating some “investigation”
  • Threats are immediately followed by demands for money
  • When demanding money, the means of payment are typically online sources

The BPD has also warned consumers that the police department will never make any calls regarding money, and if such calls are received then one should not provide any banking information, despite the intensity of the threat. This is the first “police scammer” case that has supposedly been addressed in California and whether it is the only one thus far within or outside of the state remains unclear notes the BPD.

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