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Scammer Posing as Federal AND Local Law Enforcement Officers

******Alert #209 ******

Task Force Member Walter Bowling with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department shares the following information concerning a scammer with a knack for impersonating law enforcement officials:

On 17 October 2008, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police responded to a call for service regarding a resident receiving a phone call from an unknown individual trying to scam the resident out of a sum of money. Officers were on scene when the resident was on the phone (speaker) with the unknown male subject and describe him as having a possible Indian or Asian accent.

The unknown subject advised the victim that he was a Financial Crimes Investigator with the FBI and his name was "Jeff Morrison" and his badge number is #1202. He advised the resident that he was trying to collect money and that would stop him from downloading information and obtaining arrest warrants. He also gave the resident a social security number and address (in Texas) that he claimed belonged to the resident, when in fact it did not. Through investigation it as revealed that the Social did belong to an individual in Texas with the same last name as the Charlotte resident.

CMPD officers picked up the phone to confront the caller. The unknown caller was able to get some information on the officer and is reportedly now using that officer's name and badge number when calling individuals.

The phone number that was captured is 973-482-3624 which is a possible "calling card" and the unknown subject being overseas. It is listed as a New Jersey number assigned to Verizon. When this number is entered in www.google.com it comes back with multiple hits for scam calls.

******End of Alert******

Date: October 24, 2008

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