WAKEFIELD –– Local police are warning residents of scam calls after a Wakefield resident reported receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be Police Chief Michael Fenton on Friday, September 15.
The caller falsely told the resident that their credit card had been used to purchase drugs and demanded gift cards as payment to avoid prosecution.
Chief Fenton has urged residents not to respond to calls or voicemails demanding money or gift cards. Instead, residents should contact the Wakefield Police Department or their local police department to report the call.
“Please remember, we will never call you and ask you to send money or request a gift card to clear a warrant or any prosecution case. Lastly, we will never ask you for additional personal or financial information,” said Chief Fenton in a public statement.
Residents who have received such a call are asked to notify the Wakefield Police Department at 603-522-3232 or their local police department.