From the Mashpee Police Department (verbatim):
SCAM ALERT: MPD took a report of a phone scam with the caller ID showing ‘Mashpee Police Department’.
The scam caller alleged that the victim’s information was used on a rental car in Texas that was caught with Narcotics, and stated that the victim Owen over $1,000.00 in fees due to that incident.
After hanging up the victim was called a second time but the same scam caller, who alleged that the victim would be arrested by our department for hanging up on a Social SecurityAdministration employee. The victim then subsequently was convinced to buy three Google Play gift cards of $416.00 each, after withdrawing funds from their bank to complete the transaction.
The victim was then instructed to call back the number to give the numbers of the gift cards, and was instructed to scratch off the cards identifying numbers as well.
The amount of information from this report is being posted to increase awareness as to what the scam callers might be asking people to do.
Please have conversations with elderly family members especially about this ongoing issue. The total amount that the gift cards were valued at is telling, as this is an amount that is typical so as to not immediately draw attention to the transaction at banking centers or in stores that sell gift cards.
Our department, and any local state or federal law-enforcement agencies will never call demanding financial restitution for any reason criminal or civil.
We will continue to try to educate the public about these scams. When in doubt, always hang up!