Theft by Deception
On Friday, 12-15-17, the Chambersburg Police Department received a report from a victim who was defrauded of $8,000. The victim reported that a male claiming to be with the IRS threatened him with arrest if he failed to pay back taxes in excess of $12,000. The victim was coerced into driving to Best Buy where he purchased $5,000 in gift cards and provided the card information to the suspect. The suspect called the victim back with threats of arrest again a short time later. This time the victim purchased $2,000 in Google play cards at CVS. A few hours later the victim received a call from a male claiming to be a Chambersburg Police Sergeant. The phone number of origin was the Chambersburg Police Department number (717-264-4131) and the suspect even provided the station address upon request from the victim. The male threatened the victim with arrest again. The victim then went to Walgreens and purchased another $1,000 in Google play gift cards. The card information was provided to the suspect.
THE PUBLIC IS REMINDED THAT NO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL WILL REQUEST MONETARY PAYMENT, BY ANY MEANS, TO SETTLE A WARRANT OR INVESTIGATION.
The best way to thwart this type of crime is to disconnect with the caller immediately report the activity to your local Law Enforcement Agency.