PROSPECT — Resident State Trooper Matt Comeau warned residents of a telephone scam after a local 78-year-old man lost more than $15,000.
According to a news release, on March 4 police investigated a telephone scam in which the man, who wasn’t identified, was defrauded of more than $15,000. A male caller represented himself as being from the Waterbury Police Department, and had personal knowledge of the man’s family, including family names and addresses, police said.
The caller told the man that money needed to be wired for bond, and to wire it to locations in South America, the release states. The man sent the money via Western Union with no chance for it to be recovered, police said.
Comeau said with all of the social networking websites and other search engines available online, these types of scams are becoming more prevalent, especially against older people. People should verify the information by calling police or checking with a family member, he said.
Anyone with information can call Comeau at (203) 758-6150.