The man on the phone identified himself as Capt. Michael Yanchak.
The call was bogus.
Since the woman found the call to be credible, she
accepted a fax transmission at a local UPS store that requested $4,000 be sent to a foreign bank to cover processing.
The money was sent.
It was at that time, police said the womans daughter became involved and police were contacted.
If it happened once, it will happen again, Yanchak
If it happened at our police station, it will happen in other jurisdictions.
advises if a similar call is received, the potential victim should immediately call police at the number listed on the caller ID and ask to speak with the officer who identified himself or herself as the caller.
said the recent incident involved at least two people and four telephone calls over two days.
If (the woman) would have called back to verify if the call was legitimate or not, they would have found out I wasnt even in the office that day, Yanchak
Those involved in the scam are doing research to determine those they are calling live alone, and have spoofed the local police telephone number and caller ID, he
If apprehended, the caller or callers could face charges of theft by deception, a felony because of the amount of money.
The felony charge could result in a higher penalty because of the womans age, Yanchak
Legislation states scamming anyone 60 or over may result in a stricter sentence.
Those involved could also be charged with identity theft and impersonating a police officer, Yanchak
urged anyone who receives a similar call to verify the information.
Stop and take the time to check everything out, Yanchak
By spoofing the correct telephone number of the police station, he
said it is difficult to trace the original calling number.
They should get police involved as soon as possible if they feel the call is not legitimate, he