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Pittsburgh Police Take a Report of Theft By Deception

Date: August 6, 2020
Incident Type: Fraud
Location: Zone 5
Summary:

Pittsburgh Police took a theft by deception report on August 1st.

A woman reported to Zone 5 officers that she received a call from a male claiming to be her grandson. The individual also pretended to be a detective and requested the woman send $7,000 for bail.

The victim, thinking this was her actual grandson, sent money through FEDEX as requested by the fraudster. 

The victim later contacted her grandson to verify he received the money. The grandson stated that he has never been arrested and did not request money.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police would like to remind residents that police will not call to request money.

Concerned citizens should contact local authorities if they have any questions about the legitimacy of an arrested individual and their bond.

Police are investigating.  


Reporting PIO:
Maurice Matthews

2020-08-06
PIO@pittsburghpa.gov