Fraudster Hijacks Biddeford Police Phone Numbers to Demand Bitcoin

Police officers in Biddeford, a city in York County, Maine, United States have detected an unknown person who keeps posing as one of the police officers demanding certain considerations from people and threatens to arrest them if they fail to comply.

Press Herald reports today that the Biddeford police officers made investigations concerning the impersonation and discovered the scammer had manipulated his way to gain access to the police department’s phone number and is making calls to the residents of Maine, pretending the call was from the Biddeford police.

According to the information gotten, The unknown person has previously posed to be one of the police officers named Biddeford Sgt. Philip Greenwood. This can only mean he has been claiming the identity of different police officers of Biddeford, identifying himself as a sergeant.

He claims to have a warrant for the victim’s arrest and then demand a certain amount of money in Bitcoin, gift cards, or cashier cheque too. This action was contradictory to the actions of the Biddeford police.

The Deputy Chief, JoAnne Fisk confirmed this in a statement when addressing the public on the issue.

“The Biddeford Police Department would never call you and demand cash payment to prevent your arrest, If you receive a call from anyone claiming to represent law enforcement that seems threatening or out of the ordinary, please report it to your local police department.” He said.

Meanwhile, it is no longer news that cybercriminals prefer Bitcoin or other anonymous cryptocurrencies. On Thursday, Coinfomania reported a case of a Russian man who offered to pay some money in Bitcoin as a form bribe to get malware installed in the computer system of a company.

The 17-year-old alleged mastermind behind the epic Twitter hack last month collected over $170,000 worth of Bitcoin from unsuspecting victims and was later found to hold over $3 million in bitcoin.

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