WESTFORD, Mass. — Imagine getting a text from your local police department saying that police want to speak to your child.
That’s what happened to several families of Westford Academy students, only the text was fraudulent, and now Westford Police are warning families to ignore these messages and not to respond to them.
Shortly after noon on Friday, police were made aware of a fraudulent text message that had been distributed to “a number of Westford Academy parents.”
The text message was addressed to parents from a “Sergeant Taylor, and that Sgt. Taylor was reaching out to the parents seeking permission to speak with their child (with the correct spelling of the child’s name),” Westford Police said on social media.
“It appears that all parents received the same message, but just personalized to their family,” police said.
The message was also sent to all parents by the same phone number, which originated from “a cloud based communications company out of California,” police said.
Westford Police does not employ a Sgt. Taylor, police said.
“We understand the shock and alarm that this has caused, but please be aware that the Westford Police Department does not have a Sergeant Taylor and would never seek permission through a text message to speak with a juvenile party,” police said.
“We urge all parents to not respond to this text message, nor attempt to call the phone number, but simply ignore the text message,” police said.
The matter remains under investigation.
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