Brentwood police warn of possible scam targeting fallen officerBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
April 16. 2018 8:10PM
BRENTWOOD — Police are warning of a possible telephone scam targeting charities in memory of slain Brentwood police officer Stephen Arkell.
According to police, a Brentwood resident called police Saturday to report receiving a phone call from a woman with a foreign accent with caller ID information suggesting that the call may be coming from the Stephen Arkell Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The caller thanked the resident for previous donations and said he had won a trip to Disney World. Police said he believed the call was a scam and hung up.
Police said the unknown organization is not affiliated with the Brentwood Police Department, the Stephen Arkell Scholarship Fund, or the 4th annual Officer Stephen Arkell Community 5K Race to be held on May 12 at 10 a.m.
Police believe the resident was the victim of spoofing, which involves a caller sending false information to a caller ID display to disguise their identity.
Police Chief Ellen Arcieri said the police department is not soliciting and believes the caller may have been trying to seek donations by claiming to represent the Arkell charities.
“We can assume that was the direction the unknown caller was going in. We don’t know for sure because the recipient of the call terminated the phone call,” Arcieri said.
Police have received only one complaint, but fear others could be targeted.
“We think there is that possibility. We just want people (to know) that if they received a call like (that) to recognize that it is a potential scam. If that was the case it certainly is a tragic situation to prey on the misfortune of a community, a police department, and more importantly a family,” Arcieri said.
The road race and scholarship fund were established after Arkell was shot and killed after he responded to a domestic disturbance on May 12, 2014.
Police are asking anyone who receives a similar suspicious call to contact the Brentwood Police Department at 642-8817. Police are also recommending that potential victims file complaints with the Federal Communications Commission via its website, consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us.
Race organizers say anyone interested in donating to the fund should use the official website, www.officerarkell5k.org/donate.
More than 300 participants have registered so far for this year’s race.
To register, visit www.officerarkell5k.org or www.runreg.com/officer-stephen-arkell-community.