U.S. Customs And Border Protection Intercepts Phone Scam

Tuesday May 10th, 2016

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers managed to stop a senior citizen from falling victim to a phone scam.

Officials say that on April 26th, 2016, they examined a package at their Detroit facility that was sent via United Parcel Service that contained $4,000 in Canadian dollars hidden inside.

The package was manifested as a book with a low declared value originating from Oshawa, Ontario and destined for Kentucky.

They say that research determined the address listed was not real and had links to fraudulent ID sales.

Officers working with Homeland Security Investigations and the RCMP were able to determined that the person who shipped the package was a senior citizen and resident of a nursing home in Canada, and that she had been scammed.

The package with the money and book will be returned to the victim with the assistance of the RCMP.

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