Dartmouth officer credited with preventing alleged phone scam

A Massachusetts police officer is being credited with saving man from losing thousands in an alleged phone scam. (WJAR)

A Massachusetts police officer is being credited with saving man from losing thousands in an alleged phone scam.

Officer Justin Amaral of the Dartmouth Police Department was contacted by a senior citizen's daughter after she became concerned that her father may have been duped by a scammer.

Police said the man was called by an unknown person, who claimed they were the Attorney General of National Security.

The person on the phone then went on to explain to the man that he owed $27,000 to the government, adding that it had to be paid out in gift cards.

The man believed the caller and then went to Walmart and purchased $27,000 in gift cards from the national retailer.

He returned home and began preparing to send them to the address that was given to him by the alleged scammer, but before he could get them sent out, Amaral arrived and prevented it, explaining it was a scam.

Police were able to work with Walmart to get the man all of his money back.

“Thankfully, Officer Amaral arrived in time and was able to prevent the victim from sending the cards to the scambags,” the department noted on Facebook.

As phone, email and social media scams become more prevalent, authorities are asking the public to watch for warning signs.

In this case, police are reminding everyone that the government would never call you on the phone and request payment in the form of gift cards.

“PLEASE remember that if you do in fact owe money to the government, they will not be calling you on the telephone and requesting that you pay off your debt in the form of gift cards,” according to the Facebook post.

For the latest scam warnings and tips to keep yourself protected, click here and here.

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