BANGOR — The public is being warned not to fall for a warrant scam after a local person nearly wired money to men purporting to be city police officers.
In a post on their Facebook page, police said a local person was contacted Monday by men who said they were officers with the Bangor Police Department.
The caller ID on the person’s phone also indicated that the call had originated from the police department’s business line.
“The scammers informed him that there were warrants for his arrest and that the only way to avoid arrest was for him to take a specific amount of money from the bank and wire it to them,” the post said.
While the scammers’ target was driving across town to make the bank transaction, they happened upon Bangor Police Officer Brian Higgins, who told the person the officers cannot delete arrest warrants from the system in exchange for cash.
Police said when money is wired to a location, that location is not the only place where the money can be retrieved from.
“Once a scammer gets the number to a cash card, or money wiring service, it matters NOT where you actually send the physical card. I can be picked up anywhere in the world,” the post said.