Contact: Officer Mike Wood, PIO
Pensacola Police are receiving information that several people in our area have been receiving emails and phone calls instructing them to go purchase gift cards, then contact them back with the gift card information. The suspects are posing as Federal representatives, and are telling the victims that they owe money to the Federal Government, and this debit can be resolved by purchasing the gift cards. The suspects are making threats of jail time to those who are reluctant to comply with their demands. In some of the cases, the suspects tell the victims that their computers have been hacked, and their passwords are needed to in order to secure the computer.
If anyone has been a victim of this type of Fraud, please contact the Investigations Division at the Pensacola Police Department at 850-435-1965.