Trio posing as CMPD officers convinced victim to give them money

Trio posing as CMPD officers convinced victim to give them money

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said three people posed as officers and convinced someone to give them money.

Police said a group called a random person on Friday and threatened to arrest them if they did not send money. During the conversation, the scammers identified themselves by the specific names of two CMPD command staff members and one CMPD sergeant.

Officials said the phone number that showed up on the victim’s caller ID was a CMPD business number.

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The victim sent money to the suspects but was later contacted by their financial provider who said they believed the activity was a scam.

The victim then reported the incident to CMPD.

Police said the three officers whose names were used were told about what happened and were not involved in the fraud scheme. Authorities believe the scammers got the names and the CMPD phone number from public information.

Officials said if someone receives a call like this one, to hang up and call 911 to report it.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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