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Police warn of phone scam

Published: Fri, February 8, 2013 @ 3:18 p.m.

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.


1Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

this one is real easy. Before anyone goes anywhere give them a code word to say if they are in trouble. If you don't just ask them for the code word anyway if they are related they will ask YOU about it if not they will probably look for an easier target.

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2margaux(4 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

A scam indeed! I felt obligated to post because my mom got a call like that, too, and the scammer threatened her when she refused to wire money. But instead of being intimidated, she hung up and reported the call to http://www.callercenter.com to raise a warning. She also alerted the local authorities.

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