“Stay one step ahead of scammers: Police sound the alarm on an alarming rise in Bitcoin phone scams, urging the public to be vigilant and protect their hard-earned money.”
The Stoughton Police Department is warning residents about a Bitcoin phone scam that recently cost one person $8,000. In a Facebook post on October 18th, the department explained that the scammer pretended to be a member of the U.S. Border Patrol and claimed that a package with the victim’s name had been intercepted, containing illegal drugs. To resolve the situation, the caller convinced the victim to purchase $8,000 worth of Bitcoin and transfer it to them.
The police department emphasized that law enforcement agencies, both local and federal, will never ask for payment in the form of gift cards or cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. They urge everyone to share this information to help reduce the number of victims falling for this type of crime.
It’s important to be cautious and skeptical when receiving unexpected phone calls or messages asking for money or personal information. Scammers can be very convincing and use various tactics to manipulate their victims. If you ever receive a suspicious call or encounter a potential scam, it is advised to hang up or ignore the message and report it to your local authorities. Stay vigilant and spread awareness to help protect yourself and your community from falling victim to these scams.