Sugarcreek Police Thwart Phone Scam Attempt

| July 15, 2019

SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Sugarcreek Borough Police are reminding residents to be on high alert for phone scams following a recent incident.

According to police, on Friday, July 12, a known individual stopped at the police department to inform officers that her grandson had been arrested in Florida and called her for bail money. The woman had not yet wired the money, so officers made contact with the person she was asked to call when she got the money for bail.

Police say the individual contacted claimed to be a “trooper” from the “Ontario State Police” in Canada and said they had been fielding these scam calls all day.

According to police, when asked when Ontario became a state and not a province and when the mounties became “troopers,” the scammer hung up, and follow up calls discovered the number was quickly disconnected.

Police note most scammers target older citizens and almost always advise the victim not to call or contact anyone else.

Anyone with questions or concerns regarding these types of incidents should contact their local police department immediately.

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