RE: Possible FBI Scam Alert
Please see the below message regarding a possible phone scam. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to MPD.
Phillip J. McHugh
Executive Office of the Chief of Police
Metropolitan Police Department,WashingtonDC
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From: Smith, Yvonne (MPD)
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 6:35 PM
To: 'Joan Barrigher'; Col Earl Wood; Lanciano, Philip (MPD); Irving, Julia (MPD)
Cc: Burke, Patrick (MPD); Groomes, Diane (MPD)
Subject: RE: Possible FBI Scam Alert
I would like to get this posted on the listserv. Thanks for the heads up. I am also forwarding to our Homeland Security and Patrol Services officials.
Thanks, Ms. Barrigher.
From: Joan Barrigher [mailto:coffeecoco930@...]
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:12 PM
To: Smith, Yvonne (MPD); Col Earl Wood; Lanciano, Philip (MPD); Irving, Julia (MPD)
Subject: Possible FBI Scam Alert
Hope you are all well. I got a few phone calls, from a few people, asking me if I had received a phone call from someone posing as a representative of the FBI regarding "Fighting and Lowering the Crime Statistics In Your Area." The information, from their Caller ID, displays: OTO, Inc.; 1-402-982-0705.
That same number has appeared on my VoIP line for the last 3 days, however, it disconnects when I answer. All the callers say the caller states ..."you live in a high crime statistics area", and what to know if you have an alarm or security system in your home or apartment. The caller states the FBI will install a "FREE Home Alarm" system; the only thing the FBI request is you allow them to place the company sign in your front yard or company sticker on your windows.
None of these callers give out any information because of the following reasons:
- They know the FBI would not be calling them offering a "FREE" nor does the FBI install home alarm system.
- The FBI investigates federal crimes.
- The caller is not too experienced because he or she gets irritated if you start asking questions or suddenly your disconnect.
- They know better. (They do not give out personal and financial information.)
- They also check with me to see if I have or had received the same type or similar offer.
We just had an alert about a door-canvassing "Shady Salesperson" targeting senior citizen, who do not have home security systems, non-working home systems, or need to upgrade their home security systems.
I thought you should be aware and alerted to these calls targeting DC residents. Hopefully today, OTO, Inc will call again and this time I can listen to their message. In the meantime, I have other sources I can check with to see if they are receiving phone calls from OTO, Inc.