Police warn of scammer pretending to be cop


Edgartown Police are warning people about a man claiming to be an Edgartown Police officer — calling people, demanding payments, and threatening arrest.

Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee said an Island resident reported a phone scam from the number 844-242-0008. When answered, a man with a thick foreign accent told him the police had a warrant out for his arrest unless he made a payment. The resident, realizing it was a scam, hung up the phone, then called back, and the number answered “Edgartown Police,” according to McNamee.

“We are not in the habit of calling people and threatening to arrest them for outstanding debts,” McNamee told The Times.

Edgartown Police also posted on Facebook warning people of the scam. “Please be aware of the many ongoing scams, and never give any personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call the station, 508-627-4343,” the post reads.