Beware: Scam Artists Impersonating Newport Beach Police Officers

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Beware of the Scammers: Newport Beach Police Uncover Impersonators Demanding Bogus Payments

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Uncover the cunning tactics of imposters who are exploiting the authority of law enforcement in Newport Beach. The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) has issued a warning to the public, alerting residents to a sophisticated scam in which fraudsters impersonate real police officers to extort money from unsuspecting victims.

Crafty Scammers Impersonate Police to Extort Funds

In a recent slew of incidents, residents have received unsettling phone calls from individuals claiming to be lieutenants within the NBPD. These callers assert that the victims have outstanding citations and demand immediate payment over the phone. The imposters are skilled at sounding convincing, but beware: they cross the line when they request payment.

The scammers have also been known to target family members, alleging that a loved one has an active warrant for their arrest. Panic-inducing tactics are employed to coerce victims into sending payments under the pretense of clearing the alleged warrants.

Former and Current Officers’ Names Exploited for Credibility

The imposters take their scheming to another level by using the names of real former and current NBPD officers to add legitimacy to their bogus calls. Names such as Lt. Evan Sailor, Deputy Chief Dave Miner, and Lt. Brad Miller have been mentioned in reported incidents.

How to Protect Yourself from Police Impersonators

The NBPD wants to emphasize a crucial message: genuine police officers will never call to request money. Payment for legitimate services will never be accepted over the phone, and instructions for paying citations will always be found on the citation itself. If you receive a suspicious call from someone claiming to be a police officer, do not hesitate to contact the NBPD front desk at 949-644-3681 to verify the caller’s authenticity.

Trust Your Instincts and Question Unfamiliar Callers

Be vigilant and question caller motives when someone purports to be an official or asks for money. Scammers are adept at using sophisticated methods to manipulate caller ID, gather personal information from social media, or even hack into email accounts to make their schemes seem more genuine. They often prey on emotions and create a sense of urgency to pressure victims into making hasty decisions.

Report Suspicious Activity and Spread Awareness

If you encounter a suspicious call or have fallen victim to this scam, do not hesitate to report it to the NBPD. By sharing your experiences and raising awareness, you can help prevent others from becoming victims of similar schemes. Together, we can protect our community from these deceptive tactics.

Data sourced from: ktla.com