Boston Police report they're getting reports of a new wave of phone scams in which people get calls that are allegedly from kidnappers or witnesses to horrible car crashes including loved ones - or from angry officials at the State Bureau of Investigation - all demanding people picking up their phones rush down to a local Western Union office or pharmacy to pick up some Green Dot cards to ward off problems.
Know this, the scammer will sound convincing. The scammer usually has or knows some basic details about your life, including names of family members, places of employment and school information. Please be advised that information like the aforementioned may sound like a lot when mentioned together, but, when one considers how easily it can be ascertained or gleaned from a person’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account, it’s not as impressive as first thought. In some cases, the scammer will have made phone calls to several members of the same family, extracting new information from each conversation that is then leveraged against you to increase the believability of the scammer’s claims.