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Northborough Police Department
Wednesday June 20th, 2012 :: 03:58 p.m. EDT


Beware of Scam

Northborough police are warning residents about a scam in which a woman is bilking cash by claiming her son needs money for a tow.

Sgt. James Scesny said three residents reported this weekend that a woman came to their homes claiming that her son had just broken down on Interstate 290 or Rte. 9 and needed money for a tow.

Sometimes the woman says she is familiar with someone in the neighborhood, Scesny said, or claims that her grandparents live on the street.

“She may be doing a little homework, or she may just be looking at mailboxes,” Scesny said.

She asks for $20 to $40 which she says she will repay later in the day or the next day, Scesny said, and then never returns.

The woman has been successful in getting the cash from those who reported the incidents, Scesny said. Two of the residents lived in the Birchwood Condominiums, a community with primarily older residents. A third took place nearby on Rice Avenue, Scesny said.

“In one instance, the woman said her name is Erica,” he said, adding that police have seen this type of scam before.

“Erica” is described as being about 40 years old, 5-foot-3 and slightly overweight with shoulder length brown hair. She drives a green sedan similar to a Toyota Corolla, Scesny said.

“She presents herself well,” he said, and had the residents who reported the incidents fooled.
To give police a tip or report suspicious activity, call 508-393-1515.

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Northborough Police Department
211 Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 508-393-1515

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