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U.S. Sen. Murphy to FBI: Help with CT's Awful Phone Scam

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), from a Patch file photo
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), from a Patch file photo
A frantic Stamford woman recently pulled into the Darien Police station parking lot and waved down some cops to help her with it.

Norwalk police just issued an alert to residents after eight recent reports about it.

Police in Darien, Greenwich, Milford and other towns have each had to deal with it on multiple occasions, and now U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide a little help to local law enforcement.

The problem: A phone scammer who tells a victim that a close relative is being held for ransom after a car accident. Money is demanded immediately, to be wired to an anonymous account, and the victim had better not get off the line -- or else. The caller has a Spanish accent. Police can't trace the phone number.

Murphy, according to a news release from his office, "sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to ask the agency to immediately alert the public about a telephone scam occurring in Connecticut and around the United States. Murphy urged the FBI to publish the details of this fraud using the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) network so that state and local authorities can be on the lookout."

“People should be immediately alerted of these malicious telephone scams,” Murphy said in the news release.

In his letter to FBI Director James Comey Jr., Murphy wrote: "Connecticut’s working families, immigrant communities and senior citizens appear to be the targets of this insidious activity, and our state’s law enforcement could use any help that you might be able to provide in seeing that no more Connecticut residents are tricked out of their hard-earned money."

Milford police, Greenwich police and, most recently, Norwalk police have advised people on what they can do to avoid the scam or avoid being taken in by it.

Chris Gervais March 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Where is the oversight of the comments. Why is everyone allowed these nonsensical, off topic rants? I am not talking censorship, just comments that ADD a differing viewpoint from what the author of the article wrote would be refreshing!
Rocco Frank Milford Independents March 24, 2014 at 09:26 AM
@Chris when you say "oversight" don't you really mean "Censorship" You liberals already butchered the Second Amendment now you are going after the First. I look forward to the day the Obama jackboots have their foot on your head because your wife shopped for the wrong kind of high calorie food.
Craig Zac March 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM
@ Jim.. when you say: "Spending is down but not a lot of support for restoring revenue to levels when things were find and employers had to scramble for employees." Are you saying that we the people, aren't spending as much $$$ as we should be and that's why the economy is so bad? Or do you mean the government is spending less than normal?
Gary Tobin March 25, 2014 at 07:18 AM
I think everyone agrees that 99.9% of all politicians are out of control, out of touch with the people and are breaking down the foundation of our country. The People can fix and purge the self-serving, corrupt, rich, career Politian problem that America has. One of the last constitutional rights that have not been stripped or altered is VOTING. I have heard it and I’m sure you heard it; term limits for elected offices will fix a lot of this country’s problems and a great start on put the country back on track. The people can vote their own term limits in the local, state and federal elections. If we DON’T vote for any sitting politicians and vote for a candidate not in office, regardless of party affiliation. Bring America back to the people through your vote…
OpportunistWatch March 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Caller had a SPANISH accent - 99% I'll bet they are operating from PR. They sure know how to manipulate our system very well. We can't even track a drivers license from that protectorate. If you say anything about the untraceable nature of PR, you are dubbed a racist and some bleeding heart Hartford agency will try and sue you. Sick but this is a BIG problem. Oh I forgot, they are the on the front line of our military so we call it a protectorate. I hope they lock this predator up for a longtime.

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