Scammers Targeting Businesses, Spoofing SPD Phone Number

Springfield, Mass. — The Springfield Police Department’s Detective Bureau wants businesses to be aware of a recent scam that has impacted at least one business.  Scammers are spoofing the Springfield Police Department’s phone number and impersonating police department personnel seeking money from businesses.  Spoofing is the act of disguising a communication from an unknown source as being from a known, trusted source.

This most recent scam involves someone impersonating an investigator telling employees that they are investigating counterfeit money from their businesses and need to be repaid.

Springfield Police Officers will never ask for any money or payments over the phone or in person.  Also, no legitimate businesses accepts payment via gift cards.  Please share this message in the business community and educate any clerks or employees about this scam.

If someone calls your business and attempts this scam – just hang up.  If you or your business is or becomes a victim, please report it to the police.