PA State Police are reminding all Commonwealth residents to never disclose personal information or send money as a result of an unsolicited telephone call or email.
STATEWIDE: “Spoofed” Law Enforcement Numbers.
On May 27, PSP was notified that a Commonwealth resident received two telephone calls on the evening of May 25 that appeared to originate from a PSP station. Both of those calls went unanswered. The resident further reported that he received an additional call on May 26 that appeared to originate from a different PSP station. When the resident answered the call, he was told he was being investigated by the FBI for tax evasion and was instructed to immediately pay $8,000 to satisfy the warrant. When the resident refused to pay the money, the caller told him the police were being dispatched to his residence. The resident then terminated the call.
“Spoofing” occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to a caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt by criminals to trick victims out of valuable personal information or money. U.S. law and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules prohibit most types of spoofing.
PSP is reminding all Commonwealth residents to never disclose personal information or send money as a result of an unsolicited telephone call or email. The IRS has been urging the public to be aware and guard against these types of scams. The tactics thieves use include: making unsolicited calls, spoofing calls using official telephone numbers, and scaring victims into giving up information or money. More information about the IRS warning can be located in the IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2015-18. (http://ow.ly/HfGI30c5RWF) The IRS encourages victims to also report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). (http://ow.ly/3X8k30c5S0e) Anyone who has been a victim of a spoofing call can also obtain more information and file a complaint with the FCC here: http://ow.ly/h0Hl30c5S29