Falmouth police warn residents about phone scam

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FALMOUTH — Police are warning residents about a scam where a caller pretends to be from the Police Department and requests money to cover bail or other expenses for a relative who is in trouble.

“No police agency, lawyer’s office or jail calls anyone (to) request money be wired to cover bail or any other legal issue – ever,” the department said in a July 21 Facebook post.

Police said one Falmouth resident lost several thousand dollars, and another resident was prevented from wiring $1,500 by an employee at a local store.

“Thanks to an alert clerk … we were able to save a victim who was in the process of wiring approximately $1,500 to a fictitious name,” police said. “In this case, (the claim was that a) family member had been in an accident and arrested.”

Police urged residents to share the information with family members,  especially older ones who are most often the target of scammers.