North Haven police are reminding residents to be on alert for scams after an 86-year-old resident nearly became the victim of a fake bail money scheme.
Police said the man received a call from someone claiming to be a police sergeant. He said that the resident’s grandson as in jail in Baltimore and needed bail money. The caller provided enough detail that the resident went to the bank and withdrew $9,700, which the caller instructed him to send by a courier in a large envelope.
After the money was picked up the resident grew concerned and call police, who were able to track down the package and return the money. During the course of investigation police also discovered an elderly man in Meriden also sent a package containing $9,200, which was also returned.
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The courier service was a legitimate business and worked with police to halt the packages.
The investigation is ongoing. Police ask residents to look out for elderly friends, family and neighbors. Police said any calls requesting money for bail, back taxes or ransom are scam attempts and anyone who receives such a call should contact police at (203) 239-1618.