April 12, 2010 - NPD Investigates Elderly Scam
The Nashua Police Department is warning residents of a recent scam targeting the elderly population of Nashua. NPD has recently received a single complaint from a resident victimized by this scam but anticipates more attempts to victimize the elderly. The scam works as follows:
The unidentified scam artists contact elderly targets via telephone. They pose as younger relatives, specifically nephews or grandchildren. The caller will tell the victim that he is being held in jail in Canada and needs funds for bail and release. The caller will ask the victim not to contact other family members and instead wire money to a Western Union location in Toronto, Canada.
A similar scam was reported in the New England area in January 2009 and again in October 2009. These scam artists may cite bail issues, car trouble, lawyer fees, or problems with paperwork at the United States border as a means to get money from their victims. Nashua Police are providing the following tips to residents to assist in protecting themselves:
- Never give out financial or personal information about yourself to anyone via the telephone, e-mail, or any other method of communication where you don’t know with whom you are dealing.
- Never send or wire money to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
- Take your time and verify the accuracy of the callers claims. Legitimate companies or government officials won’t pressure you to make a snap decision.
- Be sure to talk over such solicitations of money made by phone with a trusted friend, family member, or financial advisor.
- If you have information about a fraud, report it to your local law enforcement agency.
The Nashua Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the above report of fraud with the assistance of Western Union.
The Nashua Police Department’s Senior Relations Specialist is Officer Jane Constant. Officer Constant’s duties include fostering and improving communications between the police and the senior citizens of the City of Nashua.
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