Police warn WMass residents of a phone scheme

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – Thieves are targeting people in the 413 area code demanding money over the phone. Police in several western Massachusetts cities and towns are warning residents about this threat.

According to Southwick Police, the caller states that your family member has been in a car accident and money is needed immediately for treatment. Another caller might say that a family member is on vacation and has been arrested, and needs bail money immediately.

Hospitals do not solicit money before treating a person that is in their Emergency Room, said police. And if a person is arrested, they would be calling you for bail money, not the police or any other law enforcement official, said the Southwick Police.

Southwick Police Chief Dave Ricardi told 22News, if they call, just say no and hang up. “Never ever give anybody any money over the phone or commit to any money over the phone in this type of situation, if someone is looking for money orders or gift cards through the mail, never do it.”

Chief Ricardi told 22News if you do transfer money, there is nearly no chance you’ll ever be able to get it back.

If you receive any calls similar to the ones described above, call you local police department and they will help you.

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