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Police Impersonation Scam

Police officers will never request monetary payments, ask for gift cards, or attempt to solicit any financial information over the telephone, or email, nor will they come to your door and ask for money. If someone contacts you, identifies as a police officer and asks for any of these things or threatens you in any way, call 911 immediately. If the person keeps pressuring you or threatens you, it’s not legitimate and you are doing the right thing by closing the door or hanging up and calling 911.

  • The scammer wants to convince you they are with the police. They may have fake uniforms and IDs if they come to your door, or claim to be plain clothes officers.
  • The scammer wants you to believe you are talking to the police on the phone.
  • The scammer wants you to believe you are about to be the victim of a robbery. They will tell you that you need to give your valuables to them to hold, while they “watch” your home.
  • The scammer wants you to believe your bank account has been hacked and they need your bank account, pin and ID or logins.
  • The scammer wants to prey on your trust of authority without questioning it.
Click the play button below to watch a video example:
Click here to play the YouTube Video for this Senior Fraud Alert Scam Lesson
The first step is to identify the fraud. In the video above, were you able to hear the clues in the story and detect the Police Impersonation Scam? The next step is to prevent the scammer from victimizing you or others. If you encounter a similar situation, use these tools to protect yourself from this type of fraud.
Police Impersonation Scam Clues
  • The police will never ask you for your banking information.
  • The police will never ask you for your passwords to your banks account online.
  • The police do not ask you for your cash and valuables.
  • The police will not ask you about your home security system or ask about codes to it.
  • Check all IDs and ask lots of questions.​
Police Impersonation Scam Defence
  • Hang up and call the police on their non-emergency number in your community.
  • Do not let strangers into your house who arrive on your door step without proper identification. Call the non-emergency number at your local police department to check and see if they are the real police. Tell them that the people at your door are claiming to be police.
  • If the caller or person at the door becomes aggressive, hang up or close the door and call the police.
  • If they are aggressive at your door, stop and call 911.
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