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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