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Lower Paxton Township Police Department
Thursday November 5th, 2009 :: 09:30 a.m. EST


New scam attempt. Citizen received a call, saying that a relative had been arrested and needed to send $25,000.

The Lower Paxton Police Department is investigating a scam where the suspect attempted to obtain $25,000 from a citizen to bail out a relative. In this case, a citizen received a phone call on November 4th, from a person who identified themselves as working for the Quebec (Canada) Police Department. The caller said that a relative had been arrested and that the citizen needed to wire $25,000 to bail out the relative.

This is a scam. In a legitimate case, the person arrested would call and rarely is bail money ever wired. People trying to defraud others often encourage people to send money by Western Union and other wire money services. Once the money is placed in the system, it can be picked up anywhere in the world. These transactions are practically impossible to track.

From our experience, in 99 percent of the cases, where a caller identifies them selves as being in Canada, usually in Ontario- these are scams.

If you ever receive a similar call and want to verify if it is real, contact your local Police who can determine if a relative has actually been arrested.

If anyone has information on these thefts, please call the Lower Paxton Police at 717-657-5656 or information may be left anonymously on our TIP LINE at 717-635-2606.

Lower Paxton Township Police Department
425 Prince St
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 717-657-5656


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