Vermont State Police (VSP) is warning the public about scam phone calls in which the caller claims to be a member of the state police. Reports to the state police indicate the imposter tells the recipient of the call that his or her identity has been compromised. The number that appears on the Caller ID is the main line for the state police’s Westminster barracks, but the calls are not originating from there. If anyone receives such a call, they should hang up or not call back at the number provided, and instead call their local VSP barracks to confirm the authenticity of the message. A list of all VSP stations and their contact information is available on the state police website. State Police remind the public never to give out personal information or to pay money, obtain gift cards or money orders, etc., in response to unknown or suspicious callers. People also are encouraged to report suspicious calls to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. Report potential scam calls to: Vermont Attorney General’s Office Consumer Assistance Program (800-649-2424), or online at https://ago.vermont.gov/cap/scam-prevention-through-awareness-and-education firstname.lastname@example.org.
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