N. Smithfield police warn of money scams

By: Elisha Kay Aldrich

The North Smithfield Police Department will begin to warn residents and businesses about money wiring scams.

Scammers will normally trick innocent people into wiring money by calling and claiming that they are from the IRS, utility companies or technology companies. Others say they are police officers or family members looking for bail money.

Police in North Smithfield have not seen a recent uptick in these scams, but they “are always a concern,” according to a media release. The release added that the department is “aiming to filter informational notices into the town, at target locations, to reduce the number of potential victims.”

The department will be reaching out to residents and businesses over the next several days. Residents are encouraged to contact the police department if they have any concerns. If a business would like a notice posted, please contact Officer Lamoreaux (401) 766-1212.