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Police issue warning of telephone scams

New Canaan police are warning residents of two different telephone frauds that are hitting the region.

Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said a resident reported receiving a call from an unknown male this week who said the resident's computer needed to be fixed due to warnings. The resident gave the unknown caller the computer's password, Krolikowski said. After accessing the resident's computer files remotely, the caller took some of those files, according to police.

Krolikowski said the resident described the unknown male as "having an Indian accent and as being very aggressive."

Police are also warning of another fraud via telephone that other communities in Connecticut have experienced. In these incidents, an unknown male calls a resident and tells the person that a family member has been in an accident, was arrested or that the relative is being held hostage until the resident wires money through Stop & Shop or Western Union, according to police.

The suspect caller has been predominantly described as "a Hispanic male or male with an accent," Krolikowski said.

In Darien, several similar scams have been thwarted over the past few weeks. On Feb. 22, for instance, a woman received a call from a man who said he had kidnapped her son following a motor vehicle accident and that he was going to kill him if she did not wire $2,000, according to the police report. She contacted the police and her son turned out not to be in danger.

New Canaan police are asking residents to never wire money to unknown persons and never give personal information -- such as date of birth, Social Security numbers and computer passwords -- to unknown individuals over the phone. Krolikowski said it is important to always check information that is provided by the caller to ensure it is accurate and legitimate.

In the case of the fraud involving a family member, police said residents should contact the relative that is mentioned in the call to confirm whether or not such person is in need of assistance. Krolikowski said residents should avoid lengthy conversations with the unknown caller, hang up the phone and then contact the police.

--Nelson Oliveira

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