What occurs when a scammer pretending to be an Alaska State Trooper talks to an precise trooper?
Spoiler alert: The scammer loses, will get mad and hangs up. However not earlier than he threatens to arrest Andrea Jacobson, an investigator within the monetary crimes unit of the Alaska State Troopers.
Jacobson had gotten a report of the jury service rip-off circulating round Alaska and the USA, together with the scammer’s telephone quantity.
On June thirteen, she referred to as the telephone quantity and left a message. The scammer referred to as again.
In the course of the 25-minute telephone name, recorded and offered to Alaska Dispatch Information by Alaska State Troopers beneath a public data request, Jacobson pretended to be the meant sufferer of the rip-off. The person, calling himself “Lt. Steven Harris,” tried to persuade her that she shall be arrested if she does not instantly buy hundreds of dollars in “MoneyPak” playing cards, a kind of pay as you go debit card.
Within the audio, the meant sufferer’s identify and handle have been edited out for privateness causes.
The scheme facilities on the premise that the sufferer has failed to seem for federal jury obligation.
In accordance with investigators, the con man impersonates a trooper and says the sufferer is being charged with failure to seem and contempt of the courtroom — each of which include hefty fines. However the sufferer can keep away from arrest, the scammer says, if the sufferer purchases a MoneyPak card and takes it to a kiosk on the trooper station.
The kiosk does not exist, however the trooper workplace does. Within the case of Jacobson, the pretend trooper informed the actual one which she might discover the kiosk at 5700 E. Tudor Street in Anchorage, the actual trooper headquarters.
“You do know the place the state troopers workplace is situated, ma’am, out right here on Tudor?” the scammer stated, not figuring out his sufferer was completely accustomed to that workplace.
Within the audio, the con man, who claimed to be the top of the trooper “alleviation and validation unit,” threw out authorized mumbo-jumbo and the names of actual individuals — in Jacobson’s case, he referenced Alaska Supreme Courtroom Justice Joel Bolger, however he demoted Bolger to a federal Justice of the Peace decide. The scammer additionally had the sufferer’s tackle.
When pressed, he claimed to be the very best-rating trooper in his unit, and at one level informed the actual trooper that he would ship the top of troopers, somebody he stated was named “Trooper Jenkins,” to arrest her. (Col. Hans Brinke is the precise trooper director.)
When Jacobson requested to talk to the…