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Crime Warwick police see increase in scam attempts

23:55  11 february  2020
23:55  11 february  2020 Source:   providencejournal.com

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See more of Warwick Police Department on Facebook. They then attempt to convince their victim that they owed money for a warrant or subpoena and to pay immediately or they will be arrested. The Warwick Police will never call demanding repayment of fines in lieu of arrest and ask for payment

West Warwick police are warning residents about a pair of possible scam artists who are targeting the elderly.

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WARWICK -- Someone or some people have been posing as a Warwick police officer in an attempt to scam people, the Warwick police said in an advisory Tuesday morning.

The intended victims are contacted via telephone, the police said.

"The names of specific officers are being used, and the victims are being informed that they have warrants for their arrest," the police said. "During the call, disposition of the case is being offered by the falsely-claimed officer if the victim can pay (sometimes thousands of dollars), in gift cards and other forms of digital or cryptocurrency."

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But that's not the only kind of scam the Warwick police are investigating.

"We are also seeing a reported increase in various types of financial fraud where money is being demanded over the phone involving online romances, computer tech/virus support scams, and distressed family members in jail," the police said.

Last week, the Narragansett police warned residents of a scam that has targeted elderly Rhode Island residents in at least three communities, Cranston, South Kingstown and Portsmouth.

In that ruse, intended victims are called and told that a grandchild had been arrested and needs money for bail. The police are especially concerned about it because the scammers will then visit the victim's residence to pick up payment. The Portsmouth police put out a description of a suspicious vehicle after an elderly resident was scammed out of several thousand dollars.

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Meanwhile, the Better Business Bureau is warning of a scam in which the caller trick the intended victim into saying "yes" to authorize a purchase.

It's not a new scam but has resurfaced recently in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont.

The caller typically pretends to be with a company or department from an organization and tricks the intended victim by asking, "Can you hear me?"

The Better Business Bureau says, "The best way to avoid the scam is by not answering calls with unfamiliar numbers. If you do pick up the phone and the caller immediately tries to pressure you into saying "yes" or "okay", hang up right away."

In Warwick, the police say they want the public to know "that we do not make phone calls asking for payments in any manner. If you do have a warrant, we will come to you in person, or call and ask that you respond to Police Headquarters.

"We ask all to be vigilant when receiving phone calls from anyone who is requesting personal information or is offering to resolve a criminal investigation over the phone," the police said.

Any Warwick residents contacted with such a request should hang up and call the Warwick police at 401-468-4200, the police say.

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