Crook poses as the Sunny Isles Beach police chief and swindles thousands of victims

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida. – Criminals posing as police chiefs in a disturbing new scam.

Unsuspecting victims are told to pay or be jailed.

It happens to crooks posing as Sunny Isles Beach Police Chief Eddie Santiago.

“They pretended to be me, they spoofed our phone number to our police station, it showed up on their caller ID,” Santiago told Local 10 News’ Rosh Lowe. “They had convinced her it was me.”

It turns out that this individual, posing as Chief Santiago, said there was a warrant out for the woman he was trying to scam and said she had to pay bitcoin to make it go away.

“They are very complex. They knew a lot about me, they went to our website,” he said.

Not only did the scammer know a lot about Santiago, but when the victim mentioned that he had met him, the scammer said yes and went along with it.

This victim transferred about $3,000 to a bitcoin account, confident that the boss could get her out of a warrant.


“There is no police department that calls and asks for money,” he said.

Santiago said he will do everything in his power to put this scammer behind bars.

“The message I’m sending is, if you do this to our residents, we will find you and arrest you,” he said.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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