August 27, 2013 > Telephone scam
Submitted By Fremont PD
Several Fremont residents have contacted us regarding a telephone scam. Based on the profile of the most recent victims, it appears that suspects may be targeting our South Asian Indian community.
In all of our recently reported cases, suspects contact the victims via telephone and identify themselves as being with the IRS or another federal agency. The suspects tell the victim that they owe an outstanding amount of money to the IRS or there is some type of federal criminal violation against them. The suspects go on to tell the victim that if they don't pay the money owed immediately, a police officer will come to their house to arrest them. The suspects have the victims use some type of money exchange service to immediately wire them money. On June 13th we issued a similar crime alert bulletin regarding a PG&E scam that was almost identical. In that case and a few of our most recent cases, victims have utilized a "Money Pak" to complete the transaction.
The Fremont Police Department is not aware of any company or agency that demands payment in this manner, nor do we have the practice of dispatching officers to arrest people who have an outstanding financial debt.
To protect yourself, we encourage you to contact your local police department should you experience this type of incident. We also recommend that you not send any money to companies or persons you do not know or recognize without first verifying that it's accurate information. Should you receive such a call, you can complete a simple internet check on the phone number provided to you by the suspects, as it will usually display in your caller ID. You can also call the company directly to verify if you have an outstanding debt. If you are available to screen your calls, this may help indicate to the caller that no one is home and they may stop calling. Many of these calls are placed over VOIP (voice over internet protocol) services and are difficult to trace after a crime has occurred.
Please help spread the word and prevent this from occurring to other members of our community. Stay Safe!