POLICE BEAT

Senior citizens target of scam involving jailed relatives, police say

Posted March 17, 2011, at 12:56 p.m.
Last modified March 17, 2011, at 2:10 p.m.

Bangor police said Thursday they received back-to-back complaints from two senior citizens who reported that scam artists are asking for money to bail a relative out of jail.

“The scammers are calling people and stating that a loved one, like a grandchild, was involved in an accident and was arrested,” Sgt. Paul Edwards said. “They ask for you to send money right away to get them out of jail and to hurry as the phone usage is limited.”

The scammers gave the local seniors bank account information for them to deposit money.

“One refused to send money as he felt it was suspicious when he started asking questions, but one did not and sent over $2,000, which is all but lost,” Edwards said.

People should never give personal bank information to anyone, especially those who call on the phone, the sergeant said, noting that more often than not they are scam artists trying to steal money.

“Please make sure your elderly relatives or friends are informed of this scam and make sure they especially never give out any personal information,” Edwards said.

Those who have been scammed or believe they have been contacted by a scammer are urged to call the Federal Trade Commission toll-free at 877-382-4357 to report the incident. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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