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Monroe Police warn of spoofing phone scam

A Monroe resident reported getting a call this weekend, purportedly from the "Social Security Administration" and followed by one that spoofed the police department's information.  The resident was instructed to send gift cards in a specified amount to cover a debit he had with social security. The call was ended with minimal additional information being exchanged.  This was followed by a second call showing the ID Monroe Police Department and the agency's number.  That caller identified himself as an Officer and advised the resident to send the gift cards. A family member heard what had taken place and called Monroe Police to verify the information, which was false.  Department officials say scam artists realize many people no longer answer calls from phone numbers with unfamiliar area codes or unknown names and spoofing technology allows them to trick caller ID into displaying false information.

 

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Todd Schnitt

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