Three Darien residents reported incidents in which a phone caller said he was with federal crime enforcement and requested more information from the residents.
The calls, all occurring in the last week, are scams, Darien police said. Residents should be cautious and spread the word.
On Oct. 10 a resident received a call from a male who identified himself as Officer Jack Brown from the Federal Bureau of Crime Investigation. The caller spoke in a Middle Eastern accent. The caller told the resident that he was involved in a crime and when questioned, could only say that it was credit fraud, but could not provide details.
The caller demanded credit card information from the resident, which was not provided. The caller then threatened the resident with arrest by the Darien Police. The resident hung up.
On Oct. 11, another resident received a voicemail from a male who also identified himself from the Federal Enforcement reporting that the male homeowner was being charged with "something" and to call back. The resident did not return the phone call.
On Oct. 13, a resident received a message on her answering machine from a male with a Middle Eastern accent. The caller identified himself as Officer Roger Dixon, advising that a federal complaint was filed against the resident's husband. The resident attempted to call back but did not speak with anyone.
"These calls are scams to obtain money or credit card information," Sgt. Greg Cheaure said in a news release. "We remind residents to never give out personal information over the phone to anyone who calls unsolicited. Do not fear the threats of arrest. Legitimate police investigations do not demand money over phone or threats of arrest. Just hang up on the caller."
Residents should report these incidents to Darien Police, and if possible check the number online. There are sometimes reports online of phone scams associated with specific numbers.
Darien police also ask that residents talk to their neighbors and other elderly residents about these scams. Some residents might not have access to Darien Patch, the local cable channel or the city web site.