Phone Scams Sweep Chicopee
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) –When Michele Taylor’s home phone rang early Sunday morning, she didn’t expect to hear this on the other line. “At about 9:35 in the morning I got a private call to my house phone and I answered it, and they said to me, ‘Your son’s been in an accident’, and I said, well, ‘None of my children drive’. They said, ‘Well, your brother did then.’ I said ‘really? Well what’s his name?’ and they said ‘You need to tell me to verify’. and I said, ‘I think I’m all set, I’m going to call the police,’” Taylor relayed.
Michele’s 12-year-old daughter Sarah got a similar call later that same day on her cellphone. “It was a call, it said restricted, I answered it, they said ‘Your son got into a car accident.’ I’m like, I don’t even have a son’ then they said ‘Your brother got into an accident’ and I said ‘they’re not old enough to drive’ then I hung up the phone,” Sarah stated.
Michele isn’t sure how the scammers got her home number since it’s unlisted. Sarah’s cell isn’t posted anywhere online it can be easily accessed.
Luckily, in the case of the Taylors, neither conversation went too far.
However, past experiences have made Michele leery. “It was an invasion of my privacy. Unfortunately I’ve been a victim of robberies at my home before, but I did have my guard up. I was a little nervous. I wanted to feed into it more, but I said no, you need to stop here,” she shared.
Michele isn’t alone.
After posting the incident on Facebook, she learned that people as far as Utah, and as near as some of her neighbors, were experiencing the same thing.
Chicopee police say they got several complaints about getting prank calls on Sunday alone. They say this has been going on for years, but should be easier to verify with modern technology. They advise that if you do get one of these calls saying one of your relatives has been hurt, simply hang up and call that person’s cell. They add that if your phone rings and the number is blocked, don’t pick up at all.
Police also say the elderly are more often the victim of these calls, looking to extort money from them.
Chicopee police are still investigating.