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Ridgefielders hit with ‘vishing’ scam

Ridgefielders have been getting automated phone calls offering some sort of free security device. It’s appears to be a scam targeting senior citizens, officials say.

“I was at the OWLS and brought it up,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the Board of Selectmen on May 15. “Eight different people said they’d gotten a call.”

The resident who reported getting such a phone call to the police said he was told that every home in Ridgefield was being sent  a security device free of charge, but had to pay $1 a day for a monitoring service.

According to Police Chief John Roche, who contacted the Attorney General’s Office, this is a ‘vishing’ (voice phishing) scam that originated overseas.

Using Internet protocols, the scammer is able to attach a Connecticut telephone number to the call, making it appear that the call is more local in nature.

Police say people should not to divulge any personal information whatsoever.

“The attorney general is doing an investigation,” Mr. Marconi told the selectmen.

People who have been victims of this vishing scam can file formal complaints with the Attorney General George Jepson’s Office by completing an online form on the State of Connecticut Attorney General website and searching “consumer complaint form.” Or, they can use the following link:  www.ct.gov/ag/lib/ag/consumers/consumercomplaintform.pdf

Ridgefielders may also call the first selectman’s office at (203) 431-2774.

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