Another older Port St. Lucie resident scammed
Port St. Lucie, Fl (treasurecoast.com)- The Port St.Lucie Police have reported that another older Port St. Lucie resident was scammed.
This is what they said:
A 75-year-old resident was scammed out of $9430 yesterday after a suspect called her and identified himself as a PSLPD Sergeant. The suspect(s) directed the elderly woman to purchase $9430 worth of gift cards from different stores and then provide the gift card numbers to them over the phone. The suspects also utilized caller ID spoofing so it appeared they were calling from a legitimate police department phone number.
We remind the community that no police department or government organization will ever call and request the payment of gift cards, please don’t fall victim to this scam and immediately hang up.
In the event you receive a call from a police department phone number and are unsure if you are speaking to a real officer, please hang up and call PSLPD at 772-871-5000.
If you have received a scam phone call, email, or message, you may report it to the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 877–FTC–HELP (877–382–4357). After reporting the incident to the FTC, please contact the Hotline at 833-372-8311 so we can track the frequency with which this scam is happening.
The toll-free number of the National Elder Fraud Hotline is 833–FRAUD–11 or 833–372–8311. Professional staff members trained to handle scams and abuse targeting older people are available every day from 6 a.m to 11 p.m.