BANGOR – Police across the state are warning of a scam that’s tricked elderly Mainers into giving more than $40,000 to scammers.
According to Bangor Police Sgt. Wade Betters, a spokesperon for the department, older residents in the Bangor area who have fallen victim to the scam have lost $30,000.
Police say the scammers call and pretend to be family members of the victims, who say they need money to get out of jail. The scammers then tell the victims to gather money and give it to someone allegedly sent by a lawyer to pick it up.
Betters says the victims receive a follow-up call from a supposed lawyer, before someone shows up to collect the money.
Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies in China, Maine reported a similar incident happened on Nov. 13, where an elderly woman reportedly gave scammers $18,000.
Investigators say in each of these cases, the person who comes to collect the money is driving a newer model black Cadillac SUV. Police also say the vehicle may have New York plates.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jordan Perry at the Bangor Police Department by calling 947-7384, extension 5744, or by emailing [email protected] You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling 947-7384 and selecting extension 3.
Bangor police urge people not to agree to meet a courier, or provide any personal financial information over the phone.
Authorities also ask anyone who may have fallen victim to a scam to let them know.