Massachusetts and Connecticut state police warn of new scams

Massachusetts and Connecticut State Police are issuing a warning to citizens of a scam perpetrated over the phone via text message, involving sales of merchandise.

In Massachusetts, the scam involves t-shirts…

The Massachusetts State Police are warning the general public to be aware of fraudulent text messages being sent to state residents. According to a post on the Massachusetts State Police Facebook page, people have received text messages that appear to be from the Massachusetts State Police or other police departments.

If you get this text link, delete the text!

The scam comes in the form of a text message link purporting to offer the user $10 off the cost of the t-shirts. They say, if you get one of these texts, don’t click on the link. In fact, they warn that you should remove the text entirely as it is fraudulent and not from them or any other legitimate police service.

Massachusetts State Police say they do not and do not send text messages to citizens and if you receive one…it is definitely NOT from them.

In Connecticut, the scam involves a Connecticut State Police crest/logo…

The Connecticut State Police is warning residents that people have received text messages regarding the purchase of Connecticut State Police logo patches. According to a post on their Facebook page, they do NOT sell any items and would never text you about selling an item.

A general warning…

Massachusetts and Connecticut State Police warn that you should never click on links that look suspicious and that it could lead to computer viruses. They say if you receive these text messages, please ignore or delete them. The Connecticut State Police suggest that you also take the extra step of blocking the phone number the text is coming from and generally beware of scammers!

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