BOSTON, MA — Below is a scam alert issued by the Massachusetts State Police this weekend:
A woman living in New York City recently received a phone call asking for her personal information. Her caller ID indicated that the call was coming from the number 508-820-2300. That is a number for Massachusetts State Police General Headquarters.
Obviously, the call was not made by State Police and was an instance of spoofing, in which a hoaxer makes it appear that a call is coming from another location. It is fairly common for hoaxers to use police numbers to give their fraudulent calls an appearance of credibility or to support their malicious intent to get someone’s personal information.
Citizens should be aware that the Massachusetts State Police will never call them seeking information. Nor would any other police department. Anyone receiving such a call should not provide any information and hang up immediately.
Suspicious calls purporting to be from Massachusetts State Police should be reported to the MSP Communications Section at 508-820-2121.
(NOTE: The above alert is from the Massachusetts State Police.)