Monday, December 4, 2023

WPD warns public of phone scam

The department is assuring locals it would not request money in order to complete an investigation or conduct WPD business. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — A citizen complaint regarding a phone scam has the Wilmington Police Department reminding residents to beware.

According to a press release, the scammer, posing as a WPD police officer, contacted the local at work, with a number identified as WPD. The scammer demanded money from the person’s employer, a retail store, be loaded onto a cash app or gift card

“It is believed that the scammer may have hacked into the business computers and obtained information they needed to complete this scam,” the WPD noted in the release. “With modern technology it is relatively easy to ‘spoof’ or fake a phone number.”

The department is assuring locals it would not request money in order to complete an investigation or conduct WPD business.

“If someone ever contacts you, regardless of how the identify themselves, and they demand or request money, or they ask financial questions or questions regarding your identity, play it safe and hang up the phone,” the department advises.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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