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Monday, September 14, 2009

Police warning seniors about phone scam

from The MetroWest Daily News | 33 New York Ave. Framingham MA

Police are warning senior citizens and other residents about a telephone scam in which a caller poses as a veterans group representative and asks for donations to be left on the front porch in an envelope for pickup.

The fraud has already been attempted in Hopedale, police say; while no cases have been reported in Hopkinton, similar frauds involving phone calls or the Internet have been attempted before.

"We've been victims of this in the past," Detective Tim Brennan said.Police say fraudulent callers often incorporate anniversary dates like Sept. 11 into their pitches and are asking residents to scrutinize suspicious solicitations.

Police are also warning residents not to wire money unless confident of its destination, and to never give out Social Security numbers, bank accounts, personal information and donations like cash that can't be easily accounted for or traced.