Elderly New Bedford man scammed out of $9,500. Suspect charged. | #scams | #elderlyscams
NEW BEDFORD—Charges have been filed against Joel Eduardo Hernandez Quezda, 26, Hartford, CT, following an investigation into a scam. On Feb. 8 an elderly male reported he had been duped out of $9,500.
According to a news release from New Bedford police, the victim reported that around 9 a.m. he received a phone call from a male indicating the victim’s granddaughter was in jail and needed $9,500 to be bailed. Shortly after, a male and female arrived at the residence and retrieved the funds from the victim.
Police were made aware of the incident and it was soon learned that a second attempt was being made to take an additional $3,300 from the victim. NBPD patrol officers stopped a suspect vehicle in the victim’s neighborhood. Quezda, the operator, was arrested for an active warrant for larceny out of Stoughton District Court and a warrant out of Connecticut for a similar offense, as well as possession of an open container of alcohol. As the investigation continued, Quezda was tied to the initial larceny and $1,100 was retrieved.
Upon appearing at Stoughton Court on Feb. 10 he was released on personal recognizance, the news release said.
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These scams are becoming more frequent. NBPD strongly advises that if someone receives a call or message claiming to be a family member or a friend desperate for money:
- Resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how dramatic the story is.
- Check the story out with someone else in your family or circle of friends, even if you’ve been told to keep it a secret.
- Do not provide money.
- Contact police.
These situations are known as family emergency scams.
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