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Financial Scam Alert

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  • McHugh, Phillip (MPD)
    Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the following scam alert: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt099.shtm. In summary,
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      Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the following scam alert: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt099.shtm.  In summary, individuals claiming to be FTC employees call a citizen, inform him or her that they have won a lottery or sweepstakes, and to receive the prize, all the citizen has to do is pay the taxes and insurance. The callers then ask the citizen to wire money or send a check for an amount between $1,000 and $10,000. In recent cases, scammers have also impersonated police officers or federal agents in an attempt to assure citizens of the legitimacy of the call. 


      This is just one example of the many phone, mail, and internet scams operated around the world. It’s incumbent upon the community to be vigilant in combating financial scams by bringing these suspicious activities to our attention.


      Please report any suspicious solicitations for personal information (social security number, date of birth, bank account numbers) to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Financial Crime and Fraud Unit on 202-727-4159 or the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of the Inspector General on 202-326-2800.  If you need a police officer to respond to your location, please dial 911.


      Phillip J. McHugh

      Executive Office of the Chief of Police

      Metropolitan Police Department, Washington DC

      Office: 202-727-4218        

      Mobile: 202-270-4007



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