According to a press release, the victims would receive calls from someone notifying them of outstanding warrants, tax violations, money laundering or other criminal activity. In two cases, there were transactions of $5,000 and $10,000 sent due to fear of being in trouble or arrested.
Officials said the caller represented themselves over the phone as either federal employees or Berkley officers, even having the ability to make the incoming caller ID appear to be Berkley Public Safety. They would tell the victim to “stay on the phone, drive to their bank to remove all their cash, and then transfer the money using Bitcoin ATM machines located in the area.”
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