Connecticut State Police are warning of scammers trying to con residents out of money using the department’s name.
State police said they received a report from a victim who received a phone call from someone claiming to be Connecticut State Police. The caller claimed the victim owed money for a bounced check made in reference to a payday loan, and provided a case number.
The Connecticut State Police does not process payday loans. Anyone who received such a call should report it.
Police also offered the following tips to avoid becoming a scam victim:
- If you did not write a check to the Connecticut State Police do not provide any information and hang up.
- If you did write a check, do not provide any information and hang up. Directly contact the unit you would have written the check to and confirm the status of your check. Some of the units include, but are not limited to, Connecticut State Police Reports & Records, Fingerprints, Criminal Records (background check) or the Special Licensing & Firearms Unit (pistol permits & guard cards).
- Do not call any phone numbers provided by the scammer.
- Do not visit any websites provided by the scammer.
- Do not send emails to email addresses provided by the scammer.
- Do not provide credit/debit card information, bank account information, purchase money cards/gift cards and provide the card and PIN number, or wire money.
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