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Unknown scammer tries to trick Salem woman out of $2,000 by lying about car accident

Posted by Ryan Mooney  November 21, 2012 10:55 AM

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No family wants to hear that their father or husband has been involved in a car accident, but a Salem woman and her daughter thought the call they received about an accident involving their patriarch sounded more sketchy than alarming.

Their instincts were right.

According to the Salem police log for Tuesday, a woman on Hanson Street received a call on her cell phone at about 9 a.m. from a man who identified himself as "Joey." The woman's phone identified the unknown number as a New York number, and the man was bilingual, speaking to her in English and Spanish.

He told the woman he had been in a car accident with her husband in Lawrence, but that he wouldn't allow the husband to get police involved because he had a warrant out for his arrest, according to the log.

He went on to say that he would not let the husband leave unless he received $2,000 for repairs to his vehicle. The woman's daughter was present for the conversation, and called her father.

"[He] related to his daughter that he was OK and had not even been in Lawrence today," police wrote in their report.

Upon police arrival, an officer spoke with the husband over the phone. He stated there had been no car accident and that he was never in Lawrence.

The woman was advised to contact her cell carrier to possibly block the number or get a new cell number, and to contact police if any unwanted parties show up at her home.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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