Lancaster Police warning of phone fraud that scammed resident out of $2,900 in Bitcoin


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — The Lancaster City Bureau of Police is investigating a phone fraud scam that cost one resident $2,900 in the form of Bitcoin.

According to police, the resident was contacted by an out-of-state number and was told that he was the victim of a data breach. He was then accused of committing a crime and asked to pay to avoid prosecution. The resident hung up and was then called by a number that matched that of the front desk of the Lancaster City Bureau of Police. That caller demanded the resident by the $2,900 in Bitcoin.

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Police say there is software that allows scammers to fake existing numbers. The LCBP says if you receive a similar call from their front desk number, hang up and call the front desk number back.

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