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Police See Increase in Telephone Fraud in Malden

Malden Police have seen a spike in reports of telephone-related fraud.

Scam alerts. Credit: File photo
Scam alerts. Credit: File photo

Malden Police have seen a spike in reports of telephone-related fraud, according to a police press statement. 

A suspect will use one of multiple fictitious scams to convince the victim to send money by way of store purchased credit cards (some are known as “green dot” cards), according to the statement. Suspects can be convincing in their attempts to fraudulently obtain funds via telephone, the statement adds.

"Suspects will insist they have a relative of the victim and will not release them until a ransom is made," reads the statement. "This may be through the person being in jail (bond money) or simply held hostage. 

"Another scam involves suspects targeting citizens on visas and demanding they send money to the INS agent on the phone to prevent deportation. A third series of calls involve a gas company employee demanding “green dot” or store purchased cards...to  prevent a disconnection of service. Other fraud attempts target the elderly."

The common thread in all telephone fraud is the requests or demands to wire money telephonically, according to the statement. Law enforcement, businesses, and/or bail bondsmen will never ask for money over the telephone, and residents should contact police and report the suspicious activity, the statement adds.

Michael Singer January 04, 2014 at 08:23 AM
I would LOVE for one of these bozos to call me! I would have so much fun with them.
K Smith January 04, 2014 at 09:51 AM
I know for a fact that the surrounding hospitals are making phone calls to collect money owed. Last month I had an ER copay and I gave my payment over the phone and they mailed me the receipt so the hospital is not a scam. That is private patient information.
K Smith January 04, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Of course they had information about you that hackers wouldn't know. But they offer alternatives to make payment such as online pay, mail or bring payment to the hospital if you don't trust it of course.
david mokal January 04, 2014 at 02:15 PM
@ K.Smith..The best way is have them send you a bill and pay by bill whenever possible thru the mail. I don't trust anything anymore especially on the internet. Check out Identification Discovery (I.D) @ 9:00 pm EST called "Web of Lies" also Chris Hansen "To Catch a Preditor" There are crooks that run around looking at your trash after christmas to see if you just bought that new 52 in tv or a new puter.
Bonnie Parker January 04, 2014 at 02:19 PM
The best thing to do is to stop paying for a landline, thus marking yourself as ripe for being scammed.
K Smith January 04, 2014 at 08:18 PM
Thanks David I will check it out thanks! It's unbelievable what lengths crooks are going to.
Davim January 05, 2014 at 12:06 PM
We just got a call from one of those clawns. a man sounded Hispanic. Called from 617 459 3412. He wanted ransome money. He was even willing to cut us a deal. What a joke!

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