New Phone Scam Identified

File photo, Windsor Police logo. File photo, Windsor Police logo.

Windsor Police are investigating a new phone scam, targeting the elderly.

Officials say the suspects convince their victim they’ve won $250,000 and all they have to do to get the money is wire an amount under $200 to a Western Union office within 24 hours.

Scammers used to ask that a couple thousand dollars be wired, but police say they’ve lowered that amount to become less suspicious.

Police are reminding residents that money should never be wired unless a person knows who they are actually wiring the money to and that there is a legitimate reason to wire the money.

1 Comment

  1. Lara

    May 2, 2013 at 3:24 am

    That scam does not surprise me. I have received a call like that yesterday and the lady even sounded excited when she told me I got picked in a random drawing and would receive money. The catch was, I would have to pay $450 for processing fee and taxes. After that, I get $2 million plus a brand new car. And I was like, “Wow! That’s a lot of money!”
    Caller: “Sure, ma’am! $2 million is a whole lot of money!”
    Me: “No, I meant the $450…”
    Caller: “Excuse me?”
    Me: “You’re asking too much money for a scam call.”

    Caller hung up and I reported the scam to http://www.callercenter.com to raise a warning.

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