FairPoint, police collaborating in scam prevention effort

Posted March 28, 2012, at 10:26 a.m.
Last modified March 28, 2012, at 4:30 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — FairPoint Communications and Maine law enforcement agencies are teaming up on an effort to educate the public on telephone scams across northern New England that are targeting the elderly.

FairPoint and law enforcement officials are holding a press conference Wednesday to release details on a coordinated effort to prevent the scams. They’ll be joined by a relative of a victim and representatives from agencies representing the elderly.

FairPoint is the largest landline telephone and Internet company in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The company says con artists are preying on elderly victims by telling them they’ve won a lottery but need to make a payment to cash in.

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