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19 June, 2024
 
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Police impersonation scam alert!

Beware of scammers posing as law enforcement to extort money

The police are urging the public to be extra cautious following new reports and complaints of a scam that continues to be perpetrated with the aim of stealing money.

Specifically, the perpetrators of the scam are contacting people by phone and posing as doctors. They falsely claim that a relative of the person who answers the call has been injured and urgently needs surgery and other medical care. The scammers then ask the person to immediately pay large sums of money for medical expenses.

In some cases, the scammers seem to be calling from a hidden number and ask people not to interrupt the phone call, preventing them from contacting their relatives or the police.

There have also been reports of criminals pretending to be police officers and asking people to pay money to help a relative who was involved in a car accident and needs assistance from the police investigating the crash.

The police are urging the public to exercise extreme caution, emphasizing that they will never ask for money over the phone and advising people to hang up and call the police immediately if they receive such calls. The public is also encouraged to share this information with their friends and family to help prevent them from falling victim to this scam.

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