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Thursday September 3rd, 2015

Posted at 2:04pm

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A 74-year-old Windsor man is out almost $4,000 after falling victim to a telephone scam.

Police say that the man received a phone call on September 1st from a male caller claiming to be a Sergeant with the Windsor Police Service.  The caller informed the victim that his son had been involved in a motor vehicle collision in the Dominican Republic.  The caller instructed the victim to wire funds to an insurance representative in the Dominican in order to avoid criminal charges against his son.

After receiving instructions, the victim sent a MoneyGram for nearly $4,000.

The caller phoned the victim again, claiming that there were some complications. He warned the victim that he couldn’t speak to anyone about the transaction, not even his son.

The victim found this suspicious and contacted his son and learned that he was scammed.

Police say that are aware of at least one other potential victim receiving a similar phone call.   They say that under no circumstances would police be involved in facilitating such a request.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4330, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS), or online at www.catchcrooks.com.

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