For Immediate Release
January 26, 2012
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Mayor's Press Office
The Boston Police Department is investigating two consumer scams targeting Boston residents. Several victims have reported to police receiving a phone call from number 702-330-9199 and other similar numbers. Victims are then told by the caller (suspect) that they have won a prize which includes a large amount of money, a new car or property. Victims are then instructed by the caller to go to a local convenience store and purchase a Green Dot Money Pack (reloadable credit card). After the reloadable credit card is purchased, victims are instructed to contact the caller (suspect) and provide the serial number to the prepaid card. Once that occurs, the suspect is given access to the account and the money. Officers would like to take this opportunity to alert potential victims that there is no prize. This is a scam.
The Boston Police Department encourages individuals who receive phone calls of this nature to call 911 immediately. Victims should never send money or give personal information to an unknown individual and should instead immediately contact police.
Mayor Menino’s office has also received multiple calls today from residents reporting that the company GE Security Systems, Versatile Marketing Solutions, Inc. of Warwick, RI is visiting the homes of Boston residents and saying that Mayor Menino and the city government is offering a free installation for a home security system. The company installs their system, and although they do not charge an “installation fee,” they collect social security and credit card information and sign up the resident for $49/month service charge for the system’s maintenance. The City of Boston and Mayor Menino do NOT have any relationship with this company and remind residents that they should not give out their personal information to anyone they do not know who calls or visits their home.