VIPD warns of email scammers posing as police officers to extort money from people
Published: January 28, 2014
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ST. CROIX - The V.I. Police Department on Monday issued a warning to the public about a scam.
Unknown persons have been representing themselves in email as members of the V.I. Police Department to bilk people out of money, according to a statement police issued.
The statement said a resident of Australia contacted police after being harassed and scammed for money.
He told police he was scammed of $5,000 by persons representing themselves to be members of the V.I. Police Department. In the email both the St. Croix district and the St. Thomas-St. John district police officers or office was mentioned, police said.
The scammers threatened that U.S. Virgin Islands officers had outstanding warrants for him and would come to his home and arrest him.
The victim sent copies of the emails to the V.I. Police Department's Insular Investigation Bureau detectives, who said that the emails were written by someone in a foreign country who does not have a grasp of the English language.
Detectives are investigating and said residents should be aware that police do not notify people of arrest warrants by email or phone and they don't accept money to clear them, the release said.
People who are involved in these scams try to make the victim as frightened as possible so they will comply, police said. Anyone who receives threats or suspicious emails should call police immediately, according to the warning.