Beware of an "officer" or "dad" calling on behalf of the person you met online and demanding money:
Recently, two victims reported they received a phone call from someone claiming to be an officer at the Boise Police Department. They even used the name of a real officer currently working at BPD. On both occasions, the “officer” told the victims they had been talking to underage females online and their parents called the police. The “officer” then made a deal with the victim and tried to get them to pay for a new phone for the underage females instead of charges. The scammer provided the victim with Boise Police records phone number to verify his identity.
This is a common scam that has run nationwide daily for the last three to four years. Scammers use media releases, social media, or online searches to locate a current investigator at the local police department so they can make their claim seem more real. They rely on victims doing a quick search for the officer’s name to verify their employment.
- If they ask for money, hang up. No one from the Boise Police Department, or any legitimate agency would ever demand money from you. If an officer is investigating you for a crime, there’s no paying your way out of it.
- If you’re unsure, don’t take immediate action. If you call the Boise Police Department to verify the caller’s identity and employment status, you should also let the person you’re speaking to know why you’re calling. In one of the recent cases, our records department did receive a call from the victim. They then sent the real officer an email explaining the situation. That officer was able to reach out to the victim, prior to any money being sent.