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Rrring! You've been scammed

Telephone hoaxes hit area hard as many targeted

More and more, police are having to warn the public of scams being perpetrated over the telephone. Grapic.
June 02, 2009
Editor's Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of stories in which the Southbridge Evening News examines the rising cases of phone scams, who they target and what can be done to prevent yourself from becoming the next victim.

It is among a parent's worst nightmares — receiving a call that a son or daughter had been arrested.

Carol W., a 68-year-old widow and Charlton resident, went through that very scenario Wednesday, May 20.

Only it was a hoax.

The scam she was targeted with is just one of several area residents have been hit with lately.

Around 11:45 a.m., Carol received a call from someone claiming to be her 37-year-old son, Nelson. The caller said he had been arrested in Canada for driving under the influence of alcohol.

"Nelson, is this you?" she said, specifying her son's name over the poor connection.

For complete coverage, see Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News.

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