Lowell Police Issue Scam Warning
Sun staff report
LOWELL -- Police are investigating a report of a person who allegedly attempted to scam a business by posing as the reverend of a local church.
The person asked the business owner for an iTunes gift card to send a friend battling cancer, according to the Lowell Police Department. They said the music would “help boost his mood.”
According to a press release, the business owner confirmed that this was a scam and the email address used by the person contacting them was fake.
Capt. James Hodgdon said further information about the incident was not immediately available Friday afternoon. The incident is still under investigation.
Anyone who is contacted in connection with this scam should contact police, Hoodgdon said.
Police say residents should be suspicious of any emails, text messages, letters or phone calls that ask for gift cards, money or personal information.
The department is also warning residents of common scams involving the Internal Revenue Service, law enforcement and courts.
“Law enforcement, courts or any other government agency will never contact you and request or demand prepaid debit cards, gift cards or money orders,” according to the press release.