A Los Altos resident this morning (March 15) contacted police after nearly becoming the victim of an elaborate phone scam.
According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer, the female resident received a phone call at approximately 9:30 a.m. from someone posing as an FBI agent. The fake agent informed the resident that the FBI recently recovered $600,000 in stolen Publisher’s Clearinghouse winnings earmarked for her.
Shearer said the resident grew suspicious after the suspect asked her to wire $1,800 to Mexico City to cover miscellaneous fees and receive the $600,000. The suspect then offered to have a local law enforcement official contact her to confirm the matter, Shearer added.
Approximately one hour later, the victim received that second phone call, with a suspect identifying himself as a Los Altos Police officer – using an actual officer’s name as his own during the conversation.
Shearer added that the suspect even managed to fraudulently spoof an actual Los Altos Police unit’s phone number. The victim’s caller ID listed the number as the Los Altos Police’s parking enforcement unit – 947-2777. Still suspicious, the resident contacted Los Altos Police to report the incident.
Shearer said the matter is currently under investigation.