Woman reports second phone-scam attempt
Published 10:00 am, Wednesday, October 19, 2011
A woman who lost $2,000 to telephone scammers in September 2010 called police last week to report she is again being solicited for funds.
The woman said she received a message Oct. 13 from a male claiming he was a FBI special agent with the Food and Drug Administration. The voice was similar to someone she spoke to last year, police said, and the caller referenced a pharmaceutical investigation.
A year ago, two callers claimed they were investigating the woman for buying and selling drugs, and threatened to turn her over to local authorities, police said. During that chat, the men also provided details about the woman's children, her place of employment and what type of car she drives.
Intimidated, the woman wired $2,000, according to Lt. James Perez, a Fairfield police spokesman. Police checked the number from Thursday's call, but it came back as non-existent, Perez said.
"If you get a call involving wiring money, just hang up," said Perez, who noted would-be scammers will use information from different websites -- perhaps citing the flower pot on someone's porch, which can be seen via Google Earth -- to fool people into thinking they live near the intended victim.
However, almost all of these attempted scams originate from places far from Fairfield, and often overseas, Perez said.
"It's a scare tactic. It's coersion," he said. "It's all just smoke and mirrors with the goal of trying to get money out of you."