One other Fairbanks police officer’s identify is being utilized in a rip-off, the division introduced Monday.
Lt. Matt Soden is the second Fairbanks officer up to now for use by scammers prior to now yr, following a rip-off utilizing Det. Avery Thompson’s identify in December. In each instances, the Fairbanks Police Division confused that neither man was truly concerned within the scams, though each are precise regulation enforcement officers.
In a Fb publish made Monday, the division said that 4 Fairbanks residents referred to as FPD on Monday to alert them a few rip-off utilizing Soden’s identify.
“The scammers are spoofing the police enterprise line utilizing purposes which make it seem as if the police division is certainly calling,” police wrote. “On this rip-off, the individual advises the caller that there’s warrant for his or her arrest and finally asks for cost to resolve it.”
The identical tactic was used underneath Thompson’s identify, and has additionally been utilized in comparable scams through which the caller claims they’re with the Alaska State Troopers or one other Alaska regulation enforcement company. All of the businesses used thus far in these scams, together with the FPD, have said that they and different regulation enforcement businesses don’t name and ask for cost in lieu of an arrest or with regard to a warrant or some other authorized matter.
“Remember there are actually tons of of different telephone and web fraud on the market,” Fairbanks police wrote.
Alaskans involved concerning the validity of a telephone name, or another type of communication like textual content, e-mail or mail, is inspired to immediately name the related company, in addition to these questioning if they’ve an lively warrant for his or her arrest:
- Fairbanks Police Division: 907-450-6500
- Alaska State Troopers: 907-451-5100
- Anchorage Police Division: 907-786-8900
- FBI Anchorage: 907-276-4441
Anybody who feels they could have been victimized by a rip-off is urged to contact their native regulation enforcement company to file a grievance.
Details about widespread scams and the best way to spot them may be discovered on-line on the Alaska Division of Regulation’s Shopper Safety Unit web site.