Madison police warn of scammer impersonating officer | #phishing | #scams

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Phishing is one of the most common online scams. It’s a form of social engineering, meaning a scam in which the “human touch” is used to trick people. One offline form of phishing is when you receive a scam phone call where someone claims to be calling from the fraud department at your bank and requests your account number as verification.

With online phishing, scammers do the same kind of thing but use emails and links to fraudulent websites to fool users. In your spam folder, you’ll often see messages claiming to be from Bank of America and others. These links lead to imitation bank sites designed to capture your personal banking information.

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police are warning of a scammer who they said is impersonating a police officer.

Police received a report from a local business earlier this week, about a call that the business owner received. The caller allegedly claimed to be an MPD lieutenant and  “spoofed” their phone number so it appeared to be coming from the North police district.

“This isn’t terribly uncommon,” Captain Kelly Donahue said. “However with technology we’re seeing people be a little bit more savvy.”

Police said the scammer asked the business for money. Officials said that MPD will never call you to recoup fines.

FROM 2021: Two people report scam calls from police impersonators; MPD reminds residents to be wary of scams

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