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Wilton Police Warn Against Phone Scams

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Police Department is warning residents to be careful of phone cons like the one that recently duped an elderly Wilton resident.

According to Wilton Police Lt. Donald Wakeman, the 78-year-old female victim received a call stating that her son was in jail in Canada and needed bonding money immediately.

She wired approximately $1,000 through Western Union to an account given to her only to discover that her son, who lives and works in Texas, was fine and had just gotten out of work.

“This is a scam that has been going on for quite some time around the country, and there’s people that just call and they have all sorts of personal information that they relay,” Wakeman said. “They will know relatives names and they will drop this information and make it seem very believable.”

The investigation is still pending for this incident, but Wilton Police caution residents to be wary if they receive such a call.

“I would say that if you get this unusual type of phone call that you really need to slow down what you’re doing and contact other family members to determine if your relative is in fact in, say, Canada,” Wakeman said.

He stressed taking the time to check and make sure the claim is true and not to rush the money as the scammers ask. “If the phone call comes through and sounds highly unusual, then you should be highly skeptical.”

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