Elderly Residents Targeted
LOWELL, MA (March 14, 2012) – In what has become an ongoing trend the Lowell Police Department again is reaching out to our public for assistance. Over the last several months Lowell Police have received complaints of individuals calling elderly residents and attempting to swindle them out of their money. The caller plays on the nurturing instincts of the victim by identifying him or herself as a relative in need of help. They continue this ruse by telling the victim that they are far away and need money to return home and are reluctant or even afraid to reach out to other relatives. They amplify their request with a tone of dismay to the point of pretending to cry.
Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan stated: “These scams are particularly troubling, they are targeting our senior citizens, not only stealing their saving’s, but causing unnecessary anxiety and concern for their loved ones. These criminals are relying on good people to do good deeds, and then victimizing them for it; it is truly disturbing that there are people out there that would do this”
How victims are being identified and targeted is part of our investigation. Access to information thru search engines and social media are abounding. Residents are asked that if they do receive a call similar to this scenario or any call from someone requesting money or personal info that they tell the caller that they are notifying their local police, then hang up and immediately pick up your phone and dial *57. This will lock in the number that they called from and will help Police identify the call origination point. Documenting the time and date will also help your phone carrier and Police pinpoint the call search.
Contact: Public Information Officer:
Captain Kelly Richardson Captain Kelly Richardson
Krichardson@lowellma.gov Office: (978) 674-1709