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BOYNTON BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Boynton Beach Police) – A Boynton Beach woman was scammed by a fake cop in a scheme that has previously led to warnings by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies across the area.
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The scam: you receive a call from someone posing as law enforcement — maybe a deputy, maybe a detective, maybe an IRS agent. That person will tell you there is a warrant for your arrest that you can clear up by providing gift card numbers and security keys. According to Boyton Beach Police, a woman fell for the scam when she believed PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw was personally calling her to demand cash.
“If there is a warrant for your arrest,” says Boynton Beach Police Spokeswoman Stephanie Slater, “neither us nor any other law enforcement agency will call and ask for money to make the charges go away.”
The Boynton Beach woman was scammed to the tune of $7500.
If you receive a call on your cellphone from a number you don’t know, don’t answer it. Let it go to voicemail. Police will never ask for personal information over the phone. They have police cars. They’ll visit.
If you believe you are the victim of scam, call your local police department. If it is critical, urgent or potentially violent, call 911.
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