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Police Asking for Help

by Mary Greendale
October 27, 2018

From Holliston Police Department Facebook Page.
Alright everyone, listen up. We are angry at HPD. Angry that the past two weeks we’ve had several members of the elderly population come in after they have been scammed and given away thousands to scammers. Yes, we are talking thousands.

 

Scammers have been targeting our elderly population lately, more than ever, claiming to be “lawyers”, “police officers” and “agents”. They are convincing these victims that a family member is hurt or in trouble, and cash payments are demanded “or else.” And unfortunately, we’ve had several members of our elderly population send cash in the mail to these scammers. They will more than likely never see this money again. And this is why we are angry. Furious, actually!

This is where we need your help. This population of people is not constantly connected to the internet and social media like the rest of us. They may not be aware of scams, potential fraud and other suspicious behavior.

This is where you come in.

Let’s bring it back old school style and inform your family, your neighbors, your friends, even strangers, that are of the older population of scams like this. Tell them to hang up. Tell them to check in with you first before making any decisions that involve money, especially cash. Help them with technology, what to look out for on a caller ID and more. We owe it to them. If you suspect someone has been a victim, please come down to our station to meet with an officer. You can always call us at 508-429-1212. Remember, don’t just share this post - pick up the phone, call your relatives or go visit them, and help make them aware of these scams. Thank you.

 

 

 

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caller ID helps somewhat BUT WHAT TICKS ME OFF IS THE BOGUS CALLS FROM TOWIES SOME I KNOW. I AM ENBARISED TO THINK SOMEONE MIGHT GET A CALL FROM MY PHONE NUMBER AND THEN FIND A STRANGER IS TRYING TO GET INFORMATION FROM THAT PERSON TO SCAM THEM. I THINK IT IS TIME WE FIND A WAY TO TAKE BACK OUT PHONES THAT WE PAY FOR SO WE CAN CALL FRIENDS OR DOCTORS OR 911 WHEN WE NEED OR WANT TO TALK TO SOMEONE. I WATE TO HEAR A MESSAGE ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE BEFORE I PICK UP.

- Jean Morrissey | 10/31/18 11:25 PM

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