DARIEN, Conn. – A Darien woman was swindled out of nearly $8,000 via a phone scam last week, according to police reports.
The resident told police that a man contacted her claiming to be from the Drug Enforcement Agency on Sept. 23. The caller told the resident that she was implicated in an investigation into illegal purchases of prescription painkillers online, police said.
The caller told the woman that she would need to pay a fine of $3,600 or she would be arrested, according to the report. He told her to stay on the line while she drove to the bank, withdrew the cash and then wired the amount to “Manuel Hilario Madina.”
Once the first transaction was finished, the caller transferred the victim to another woman, who claimed that the money did not clear. She then told the victim to wire another $4,300 via Western Union to “Gladys Reyes Acevedo.”
Darien officials advise residents to never wire money via a cold call. Always ask for a number to call back, and check with local police before wiring money to anyone claiming to be law enforcement. Darien Police are still investigating this incident.