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.