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State Police warn of scams targeting thousands of MA residents

Massachusetts police are warning residents about the latest scam targeting locals.

There are a lot of really good people in Massachusetts, but unfortunately there are still some bad ones out there. At a time when people have access to others in many ways and technology continues to grow, scams are on the rise.

Accordingly CNBCOver the past year, the number of attacks and scams has increased by 61%, and the methods are becoming more sophisticated every year. The news outlet reports that consumers lost an estimated $5.8 billion to fraud last year.

Massachusetts State Police are now warning residents about a new and ongoing scam involving the false impersonation of an officer.

Massachusetts State Troopers warn of new phone scan

The latest scam is carried out over the phone and targets Massachusetts residents. These calls appear to be coming from Massachusetts State Police phone numbers, however the caller ID is “spoofed” and the call is not legitimate.

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Some of the fraudulent callers claim to be members of the State Police or associated with us, while others simply hang up as soon as the call is answered. Please note that these calls are fraudulent.

State Police do not conduct fundraisers or field telephone solicitations for any reason. If you receive such a call, authorities recommend hanging up immediately and not disclosing any personal or financial information.

If you have any questions about whether it may be a legitimate charity you wish to support, you should first contact the Corporation Division of the Massachusetts Secretary of State at (617)727-9640 to ensure that the organization is indeed legitimate is.

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