FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Scammers are claiming to be from the Connecticut State Police in order to fraudulently obtain money from unsuspecting victims.
A victim recently reported that they were contacted by an unknown person, claiming to be from the state police. The caller said that the victim had written a check to the Connecticut State Police and that the check had bounced. The caller provided a "case number" and claimed that the bad check was in reference to a payday loan. The victim was informed that payment was now owed for the bounced check.
Connecticut State Police are advising residents that they do not process payday loans. They offered several tips for residents, should they receive a similar call:
- 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 units include, but are not limited to, Connecticut State Police Reports and Records, Fingerprints, Criminal Records (background check) or the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit (pistol permits and 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 or debit card information, bank account information, purchase money cards/gift cards and provide the card and PIN number, or wire money.
For more fraud safety tips and information visit the Federal Trade Commission website .
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