Massachusetts State Police phone number being used in scheme

The callers are using an illegal tactic called "spoofing"

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts State Police are warning people of a phone call hoax. People have been getting phone calls from the same number as the State Police Barracks in South Boston (617-740-7710), only the calls aren’t really from the State Police.

It’s an illegal tactic called “spoofing.” The caller tells you to hold for an officer regarding a warrant issued against you. Then, a fake officer will ask you to get money, and meet them somewhere. State Police said the schemers were asking for thousands of dollars in some cases, and asking victims to meet at local shopping centers to pay.

The State Police said no police department will ever call to tell someone there is a warrant or complaint against them, and said you should hang up immediately.