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Hingham Scanner Tales: Police warn of phone scams

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  May 28, 2013 01:02 PM

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Hingham Police are warning residents to be wary of yet another phone scam, this time involving a person claiming to have relatives hostage.

According to police, a female resident came into the police station on May 24, saying she had received what she believed was a scam phone call.

The woman told police that the man on the other line asked if she had a brother or father. When the woman said she had a father, the man then said that her father had been in a serious motor vehicle crash.

The woman told the caller that her parents were in Bermuda. The caller then said he was also in Bermuda, and said he was holding the woman’s father hostage.

The caller demanded that the woman send $1,000 via Western Union or he would kill her father.

The woman contacted her parents and discovered they were safe before she went to the bank to transfer money.

According to Hingham Police, the call is consistent with other incidents in South Shore communities over the past few weeks, including those in Duxbury and Pembroke.

Residents are advised to be aware of any phone scams, and if they are contacted, to call Hingham Police.

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