Citizens warned of FOP fundraising telephone scam

REGION–The Alpena Post recently received a call from a concerned citizen claiming they received a phone call from a male claiming to be a chief of a law enforcement department, who wanted to speak to them about making a contribution to the Fraternal Order of Police in Alpena reference fundraising efforts.

The caller stated they were able to take a donation for the fundraising effort immediately, right over the phone with a credit card, even transferring the citizen to a female caller. Both callers were very pushy when asking for the credit card number, and the security code on the back of the card.

The citizen was knowledgeable enough to know this was a bad idea to provide this information, and did not fall for the scam.

Citizens are reminded that you should never verify or give any personal information such as your full name, social security number, credit card information, or any banking information unless you initiated the original call.

If you believe it is a legitimate organization collecting money, advise the caller you will be contacting the local organization, or in this case the local police department to confirm their fundraising efforts.

If you have been the victim of a telephone scam you are able to file a complaint with the FBI, by going to www.iC3.gov. For Additional Information: Community Service Trooper Ashley Simpson – (989)354-4101

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