Sep 16, 2015 2:27 PM

NH1 News Investigates Cops Not Calling: Scammers posing as Goffstown officers ask for donations

GOFFSTOWN - Goffstown police offices are not known to make house calls – nevermind asking for donations to the department.

Criminals, claiming to be the good guys, are scamming people while saying they are raising money for the police department.

Gina and Raymond Philibotte have lived in Goffstown for years, and they think these calls are a disgrace.

“I think it's awful that they're using them as a means of getting money,” said Gina Philibotte. “People will do anything these days for a buck, it’s pretty scary.”

Police officers say the scam has duped at least two people so far.

Goffstown police are confident most people knew the force would not call asking for money and hope it deterred them from getting scammed.

“We in Goffstown do not - as a police department - don't do these types of solicitations ever,” said Capt. Kerry Steckowych of the Goffstown Police Department.

Officers say these scammers are quick and barely give their intended victims a chance to even think.

Captain Steckowych says it’s “high pressure sales.” Adding, “(They) pull at their heart-strings. Try and get their hard-earned money.”

The scammers are using throw-away phones and those phones are leading them to a dead end.

Officers admit it is hard to catch these types of criminals – so getting the word out to beware is the best option.

And this whole scam has not only the police angry.

“You know the thing is I have nothing but respect for the Goffstown police,” said Philibotte. “They're really good guys and they do a really good job."

“When we've had problems in the past and a few times we've called and they're there within three minutes,” said Raymond.

“And to use our name, our good reputations, in that manner is really rather despicable,” says Capt. Steckowych. “And it's one of the more despicable ways to scam somebody.”

No police department here in the state will ever call you directly asking for money but some will go through third party companies, like the New Hampshire Police Benevolent Association.

So if they call you, police urge you to ask them questions and get their phone number you can call to make sure they are who they say they are.


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