Calling all federal firearms licensees (FFL) and firearm purchasers, don’t let a call from a “police officer” catch you off guard. Know your rights, and who may be targeting you, in this growing fraud scheme.
Raising awareness amongst gun permit holders, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) would like to notify FFLs of scammers posing as police officers. These so-called police officers are “requesting a transfer of funds from the FFLs to facilitate the return of their previously reported stolen firearms that have been allegedly recovered by the police department.”
Don’t be duped out of your hard-earned cash just because someone claims they are a “police officer”. Here are a few things the ATF would like you to keep in mind and will help you stay on your toes if you’re ever targeted by a scammer:
- Never give out personal or financial information over the phone, especially if you have not confirmed that the caller is from a legitimate agency.
- If you get that suspicious feeling that the call is not legitimate hang-up immediately, and call the agency they claim to be from directly, to confirm their request.
- If you receive a call from a “police officer” in regards to your firearm, record the caller’s phone number, and try to collect as much information from the caller as possible (name, desk phone number, email address, and street address). Then, report the scam call to your local ATF field office.