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Police: Newtown Residents Receiving Scam Phone Calls

Police say scammers claim to be from the FDA, and are threatening residents with arrest.

 

Police say someone pretending to be from the FDA -- the federal Food and Drug Administration -- is calling Newtown residents and demanding money under threat of arrest.

"This is a scam," said a Newton Police Department press release issued December 10. "Do not send money."

The FDA has been a popular alias for phone scammers for years. According to a 2009 statement from the agency, criminals frequently pretend to be "special agents" or other FDA-affiliated law enforcement officials.

Scammers often target victims who have previously purchased drugs over the internet or via "telepharmacies," the agency says. In most cases, they tell victims their purchases were illegal, and demand "fines" of up to $250,000 to avoid "law enforcement action." (In reality, says the agency, FDA agents and other law enforcement officials are not authorized to collect fines.)

The FDA asks potential victims to refuse the demand and call the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations at 800-521-5783 to report the crime.

Patch will follow this story and provide more information as it becomes available.

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Davis Dunavin December 11, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Got this suggestion on Facebook: "Get a whistle or air horn and blow it into the phone."
jms63 December 12, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I got a call on a saturday morning from someone from :The Connecticut Department of the IRS" who rattled off four numbers and asked to confirm if that was my social security number!!! When I asked her to repeat what she said, she got aggressive and loud - so I hung up. She called back but left no message. I called the number and was put on hold with an "all agents are busy" message until I hung up. I notifed the CT IRS that there were fraudulent calls made by people claiming to be them - but they weren't interested in tracking the phone number down - they just wanted to be sure that if I owed taxes I spoke to a real tax officer...the CT IRS - so concerned about $$$$$ - not people getting ripped off in their name.
Mr D. December 12, 2012 at 01:44 PM
These are the same people who lost a laptop with all CT residents' SSN a couple of years ago. They're clueless about security.
onceuponanewtown December 12, 2012 at 01:53 PM
LOL What a great idea dave! I received the same call and told them I was an IT specialist, they kept insisting that I Google them: they said "How could we be the first name to pop up in Google if we were scammers" ...they want you to allow them to log into your computer remotely...NOT!
Anthony J Trimboli December 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM
by;anthony j trimboli howard beach, nyc- that is odd for Newtown, CT to have this too. Yes, in NYC NY, funny enough, we always have had this, they have a big article about like Scam Phone Calls in NYC NY with the NYPD Community Affairs website. But this is not a new problem in NYC NY. Yes, now I hear the Newtown, CT Police Dept is advising people of Scam Phone calls too? Wow. That is something in common. How odd how the Newtown CT PD and the NYPD in NYC NY have the same articles at the same time.

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