UPDATE - Community Alert: Phone Extortion Scam

 

Boston Police District E-5 (West Roxbury) received two reports of seniors being contacted by unknown callers requesting money. Both calls were not credible and have been determined to be a scam. Boston Police Detectives from District D-14 (Brighton) received three reports of victims being contacted by unknown callers requesting large sums of U.S. Currency. All of the calls were deemed not credible and have been determined to be part of an extortion scam.The 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 5:00 PM, Tuesday September 17, 2013 a victim came in to District D-14 Station to file a report. The victim stated that he had received a call from an unknown person who had claimed that the victim's father had been involved in a motor vehicle accident involving a child and that the victim was obligated to pay the child's medical bills. The victim stated that he contacted his father who stated that he had not been involved in a motor vehicle accident. 
  • At about 1:00 PM Wednesday September 18. 2013, a victim came in to District D-14 Station to file a report. The victim stated that he had received a voicemail from an unknown person who had claimed that the victim's father had been involved in a motor vehicle accident with the caller's brother and that if the victim did not pay $800.00, the caller was going to kill his father. After withdrawing the money from a bank, the victim received another call from the unknown person who stated that the victim now needed to pay $2,000.00 to the caller. The caller demanded that the victim meet him at the St. Elizabeth's Hospital Emergency Room Area and that the caller would be in a blue Nissan Altima. The victim went to the location and could not find the caller. The victim then contacted his father who had stated that he had not been involved in a motor vehicle accident. 
  • At about 1:30 PM, Wednesday September 25, 2013 an officer from District D-14 was approached by a victim who stated that he was on the phone with an unknown person who was trying to extort money from him. The unknown caller stated that the victim's father had been involved in an accident, was being held hostage and that he was going to kill him unless he paid $2,000.00 via Western Union. The victim then contacted his father who stated that he had not been abducted.
  • At about 8:30am, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, officers at District E-5 (West Roxbury)  took a larceny report in the area of Cheriton Road, West Roxbury. Officers spoke with the 79 year old male victim, who stated that on the previous day an unknown caller by the name of “Carl” claimed to be the victim’s grandson. The victim reported to officers the caller stated he and a friend had been involved in a car accident and needed $800.00.  The victim believed the caller was his grandson and loaded two Green Dot Cards with 400.00 on each, as instructed by the caller. The victim gave the caller pin numbers on the back of each card as instructed. The victim didn’t know he was victimized until his grandson came to his house later that day and reported he was not involved in an accident.
  • At about 11:35am, on Friday, June 14, 2013, officers at District E-5 (West Roxbury)   took a report of a phone scam in the area. Officers spoke with the 81 year old female victim, who reported she received a phone call from someone claiming to be from GMY Medical Benefits in Miami, Florida. The victim reported to officers that the caller “Stephanie” was claiming to be calling about changes to the victim’s Medicare benefits.  The victim stated to officers the caller asked for the victim’s bank account number and routing number.  The victim stated to officers the caller began to ask for the victim’s social security number and the victim hung up on the caller believing the call to be fraudulent.  The caller continued to call the victim at least five more times.          

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.