Police warn of phone scam

Police warn of phone scam

New Middletown

Police are warning residents to be cautious after a recent phone scam.

An 80-year-old village resident was conned out of $3,000 Wednesday, police said. The elderly man received a mall from a man claiming to be his nephew who said he was involved in a car crash in Boliva and needed money for repairs. The caller told the victim not to tell his parents and to wire the money, which the victim did, police said.

“If anyone receives a telephone call claiming to be a relative and requesting money be sent and not tell anyone, it is a scam. Unfortunately, there is no way to recover the money,” said police chief Vincent D’Egidio.

The police department filed a consumer complaint with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on behalf of the victim.

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