Police Warn of Scam Targeting Elderly That’s Already Netted $30K
Bangor Police are warning area residents of a scam that's already bilked some senior citizens out of about $30,000.
Like so many other scams, this one plays on the emotions of elderly residents by claiming to be from a family member. The scammer says they've been arrested and need money for a lawyer. The victim then receives a follow-up phone call from someone claiming to be the lawyer, who advises them to get the requested amount of money, and then a 'courier' will drop by sometime later to pick it up. In each successful instance, someone has met up with the victim to collect the money and then left.
Investigators are working to locate a newer model black-colored Cadillac XT5 SUV, and its occupants, for questioning in connection with the case. Police say the vehicle may have New York license plates. This picture, from the Bangor Police Department, is representative of the vehicle they're looking for, and is not the actual SUV.
Anyone with information about the crime or the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to call Detective Jordan Perry at 207-947-7384, extension 5744, or via email at Jordan.firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous tips can also be left by calling this phone number and selecting extension 3.
Officials say residents should never agree to meet a courier or give out personal or financial information on the phone. A real lawyer would not ask for money, nor will they send a courier to collect it. When in doubt, contact your local law enforcement agency. The scam has affected elderly residents around the state, so anyone falling victim or who suspects they're being targeted should contact their local police or sheriff's department.