DARIEN, Conn. — A 67-year-old Darien man fell victim to a phone scam and lost $21,000 in the process over the course of nine days, police said.
The scam was reported April 5, when officers responded to the victim's home.
It began on or about March 28, when the victim received a call on his home phone from an individual purporting to be with the federal government, police said.
The caller, who had what was described by the victim as an “Indian accent,” initially used the name “Andew Lissel” and told the victim that he was being awarded a joint “US/UK grant” in the amount of $7,900, police said.
The victim was told that he needed to pay fees to have the money transferred from the UK to the U.S., police said.
The caller instructed the victim to purchase Apple iTunes gift cards and give him the serial numbers to cover the “fees,” police said. In subsequent calls, the name “Mark Cooper” was used as well, police said.
From March 28 to April 5, the victim purchased $21,000 worth of Apple iTunes cards and provided the serial numbers to the caller, police said.
This investigation is active and continuing, police said.
The Darien Police Department strongly cautions all residents to be extremely wary of any phone solicitation from anyone purporting to be a representative of any U.S. or foreign government, of anyone asking for any payment of “fees” via gift cards or through wire transfer requests of any type.
If unsolicited requests or offers of this type are received via phone or via the Internet, they are, without a doubt, a scam operation, police said.
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