Community Alert: Phone Extortion Scam

 

Boston Police District A-1 (Downtown) received two reports of residents being contacted by unknown callers requesting money. Both calls were not credible and have been determined to be part of a scamThe Boston Police Department encourages individuals who receive phone calls of this nature to call 911 immediately. Victims should never send money to an unknown individual and should instead immediately contact police.

  • At about 9:15 AM, Wednesday, November 20, 2013 a victim came in to District A-1 Station to file a report. The victim stated he received a call from an unknown male with a Spanish accent who claimed the victim's brother had been involved in a motor vehicle accident with the caller’s cousin. The caller then stated that his cousin was going to kill the victim’s brother unless the victim paid $20,000.00, via Money Gram, to cover damages sustained from the accident. The victim withdrew $400.00 and was instructed to send the money to Ruthy Soto in Puerto Rico. The victim canceled the transaction before the funds were delivered.  The victim recovered his $400.00 and later contacted his brother who stated he had not been involved in a motor vehicle accident.
  • At about 10:30 AM, Thursday, November 21, 2013 a victim came in to District A-1 Station to file a report. The victim stated he received a call from an unknown male with a Spanish accent who claimed that the victim's brother had been involved in a motor vehicle accident involving the caller’s cousin. The caller then stated that his cousin was going to kill the victim’s brother unless the victim paid $2,000.00, via Money Gram, to cover damages sustained from the accident. The victim then withdrew $2,112.00 and was instructed to send the money to Ruthy Soto Marrero in Puerto Rico. The victim stated that he wired the money via Money Gram to the caller. The victim stated that he contacted his brother who stated that he had not been involved in a motor vehicle accident. The funds were delivered and have not been recovered.

The Boston Police Department encourages individuals who have further information regarding this incident or a similar incident to please contact the District detectives in their area or call 911.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.