Northampton Police narrowly prevent two individual scams

  • Northampton Police Station

Staff Writer
Published: 1/13/2019 10:39:12 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton police are warning residents of scam callers asking for money after police were able to prevent two cases of fraud in recent days.

Police Chief Jody Kasper wrote a post on Facebook last Thursday describing two instances of elderly people being targeted by scam callers who demanded money be sent to them through the mail.

“Unfortunately, these scams are often directed at the elderly,” Kasper wrote in the post. “We encourage people to talk with their elderly friends and family members about these scams.”

In one case last Wednesday, an elderly woman received a voicemail from a scammer saying that there was a problem with their computer. The woman called the person back, not knowing they were a scammer, and was told by a man that he could fix her computer for $200.

After several phone calls, the man was able to convince the woman to send him $10,000 in cash in the mail, which she did through FedEx in a package to an address provided by the scammer.

The woman reported the incident to police, and after officer Justin Hooten investigated and learned what happened, police were able to intercept the package from the FedEx truck before it was delivered.

“Scam calls are not uncommon,” Kasper wrote in the post. “We routinely talk with people who have received phone calls, texts, or emails that seem suspicious.”

Police received a second notice of a possible fraud on Wednesday when a Florence woman reported a phone caller demanding money from her.

The woman told police that a man had told her to go to CVS and buy four gift cards valued at $500 each. The caller even told her to tell the CVS cashier that the gift cards were wedding gifts.

Police said the caller had told the woman that the money was necessary to help her grandson who had been involved in a car accident, which was not true. The women called police after purchasing the gift cards.

Officer Kyle Grumoli determined that the woman was being scammed before the woman sent the gift cards.

Northampton police “encourage anyone who is asked to send cash, gift cards, cashiers checks, or anything similar to call us before taking any action,” Kasper wrote. “In most cases, we can quickly determine if the call is a scam. Never provide any personal information over the phone, via text, or in email to unknown individuals.”

Luis Fieldman can be reached at lfieldman@gazettenet.com




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