Brimfield police are warning residents of a popular scam that targets elderly residents at home, persuading them to wire money overseas because their grandchild is in trouble.
Police Chief David Oliver posted on the department's Facebook page an incident where a woman in their senior check program called law enforcement after she received the fraudulent phone call from the "U.S. Embassy" in Peru.
The caller claimed the woman's grandson was in jail and needed money for his release.
"I placed a call to the 'U.S. Embassy' in Peru. They were not really happy to talk to me," Oliver wrote on the department's Facebook page.
"Towards the end of the call, while the caller was yelling at me so loudly I could barely understand him (and cussing like crazy), he told me he makes more money in a week than I do in a year by telling people their relatives have been arrested."
"I have been calling him to chat about every five minutes or so. He's still mad, though," posted Oliver.
The suspected scam artist eventually stopped answering Oliver's phone calls.
Residents are advised to call law enforcement when they receive suspicious phone calls.
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