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Police Warn Norwalk Residents Of Widespread Phone Scam

Norwalk Police are warning residents about a new phone scam  targeting the area.
Norwalk Police are warning residents about a new phone scam targeting the area. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Police Department is warning residents to be alert to a phone scam attempting to swindle potential victims out of money by claiming a family member is in danger.

An unknown caller will call a resident and say a family member has been in an accident and will be held hostage until the resident wires them money through Stop & Shop or Western Union. The suspect caller has been predominantly described as a Hispanic male or male with an accent.

Residents are reminded to:

  • Never wire money to unknown subjects without first verifying information that they receive.
  • Always check the information separately from the information that was provided by the caller. Try contacting the family member, call others and ask, or contact the police and ask.
  • Avoid lengthy conversations with the unknown caller. Hang up and contact the police.
  • Contact the police to advise them of the phone call before wiring any money to an unknown person and request assistance.

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