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Monday, March 14, 2011
March 14th Press Release
RE: ELDERLY MONEY SCAM
Recently, The Brookline Police Department has received information on a money scam that a local resident has became a victim of. It seems that the scam thus far has been targeted towards residents of the elderly. The SCAM is believed to be operated by unknown persons working outside of the Unite States. They are sending people letters indicating that they are winners in the North American and the UK Consumer Promotion Draw. In a recent case the victim received a letter from Financial Express titled AWARD CLAIM NOTIFICATION. The letter stated that the victim was one of the winners of the North American and the UK Consumer Promotion Draw which is organized for customers of Walmart, Sears, Home Depot, Safeway, etc. It went on to say that the victim was entitled to a very large sum of money. They instructed the victim to call a claims agent and also included a counterfeit check that appeared real. The victim was also instructed to send a check via Western Union in order to pay for the tax on the winnings before they would receive the rest of the money. The check was wired and cashed and no other winnings were ever received. Therefore the victim lost out on a decent sum of money. Brookline Police want to make residents aware of this scam in order to prevent any future money from being lost. If any one has any further information or has received the same letter they are advised to call the Brookline Police at 617-730-2222. We are continuously broadening our efforts to inform the citizens of Brookline to the threats it may possibly face. We hope this message will be a helpful tool to aid the effort of improving the safety of all of our citizens.