Framingham Police Investigating Thousands of Dollars in Fraud

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Police is investigating a fraud case.

Framingham Police were called to Branches on Pleasant Street at 2:21 on December 5 for larceny.

The individual reported “fraudulent bank activity” that account to “several thousand dollars,” said Framingham Police spokesperson Lt. Rachel Mickens.

“These debits were to a currency transfer app,” said Lt. Mickens.

“We are still investigating how the account information was obtained,” said Lt. Mickens.

Framingham Police have no suspects at this time.

The Better Business Bureau recommends the following tips when it comes to currency transfer apps.

  • Use money transfer with friends: Protect yourself from scams by only using money transfer apps for their intended purpose — sending money to people you personally know. 
  • Enable additional security settings: Check the account settings to turn on additional security measures, such as multi-factor authentication, requiring a PIN, or using fingerprint or facial recognition like Touch ID and Face ID.
  • Link the money transfer app to a credit card. As with many other purchases, using a credit card provides additional security if you don’t receive the goods or services paid for. Linking to a debit card or directly to a bank account does not provide added protection.
  • Use a strong password or 2FA on your phone. In the unfortunate event that your cell phone is lost or stolen, be sure criminals can’t access your payment apps. Secure your phone by choosing a strong password, biometric security devices or two-factor authentification security available on many smartphones. 
  • Check the account after a transaction to be sure that the money is transferred. If you do use a peer-to-peer payment app to sell something, be aware that it takes a few days for some payments to transfer. Confirm the money transfer before sending the sold item. If you have any concerns that a payer didn’t really send the money, be sure to check your account directly. 

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