12/4/2015 11:51:17 AM
Minnesota Commerce Department warns against phone scams posing as law enforcement
SAINT PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Commerce is warning Minnesotans about a phone scam recently reported to the agency in which the scammer poses as a law enforcement investigator who pretends to be working on an identity theft case involving the victim.
The fake investigator says he needs the victim’s assistance to catch the thief and asks the victim to withdraw money from a bank account to give to him.
The only problem: The fake investigator is the real thief.
“Scam artists will try every trick in the book to gain people’s trust and steal their money, but it’s especially disturbing when they pose as law enforcement officials,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “Anyone can be a victim of a scam, so it’s important for everyone to be vigilant.”
Rothman offers the following tips for Minnesotans to protect themselves against phone scams:
If you believe you may have been the victim of a scam or fraud, contact the Commerce Department’s Consumer Services Center by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-539-1600 or 800-657-3602 (Greater Minnesota).