DARIEN, Conn. – Darien residents received two more calls from a potential scam artist who may be targeting families across the area, according to police reports.
The first call came in on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 20. The Darien resident reported that a man called saying that someone had been “hurt bad” in an accident and had given her a number to call for money, police said. The woman hung up when he could not identify the family member, and in retaliation the same number sent a text message with a stream of obscenities, according to the police report.
In the second incident, a resident arrived at the Darien police station with the caller still on the line. The resident handed a note to an officers explaining that the man on the phone claimed he had kidnapped the resident’s son, and demanded that she wire money to him via Western Union, police said.
The caller claimed to have already hit the woman’s son in the hand with a pistol, which matched a call received by a Darien resident last month, according to police reports. Suspecting a scam, a Darien police officer got on the line pretending to be the woman’s son, prompting the caller to give up. The son was located in Stamford unharmed.
In both cases, the calls came from phone numbers with area code 203 and exchange 400, which would lead to Bridgeport-area cell phones. The caller in both cases was a man with a heavy accent identifying himself as “Robert.” Similar calls have been reported in Milford and Fairfield, police said.
Darien Police advise residents to not give any personal information or money to cold callers. Residents receiving similar calls should contact the Darien Police at 203-662-5300.