CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers say they are investigating a group of fraudsters who posed as police officers on January 15th in order to get money out of their victim.
Detectives say the group called the unknowing victim over the phone and threatened to arrest them if money was not sent.
The fraudsters identified themselves as two specific CMPD command staff members, and one CMPD sergeant, while using a phone number that showed up in the victim’s caller ID as a CMPD business number, according to a news release.
Detectives say the victim sent money to the fraudsters before being contacted by one of their financial providers who said the financial activity appeared to be fraudulent, and the victim then reported the incident to CMPD.
Police say the three officers whose names were used in the scheme were contacted, and there is no indication they were involved in the crime.
Detectives say anyone who receives a phone call or has an interaction with someone presenting themselves as an CMPD employee that demands money should hang up and call 911 to make a report, as no CMPD officer or employees should solicit or demand money in this way.
Police say the investigation remains ongoing, and ask anyone with more information to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.