DARIEN — Police are warning residents to be aware of scams after a resident nearly lost money to a fake call.

On Jan. 31, a Darien resident picked up a call from an unknown number. The caller told the Darien woman her husband had been in a car accident with the caller’s brother, who was a wanted felon. The caller said they couldn’t call the police and the victim needed to stay on the line and send money to them or they would kill her husband.

The victim followed the caller’s instructions and went to the bank. While on her way there, she flagged down two Darien police officers. The officers realized the details of the situation sounded similar to other scams tried on local residents. The Darien woman eventually went to a nearby Walmart at the instruction of the caller while police found the woman’s husband and confirmed he was safe. The Darien woman was able to end the call before sending any money.

Police said they investigate every scam call they hear of and continue to warn residents of these phone scams. Police added they believe the calls have been originating outside the country over the past several years they’ve been reported and noted the scams continue to occur in the area at an “alarming rate.”

“There are many variations to this type of phone scam and unfortunately it is often successful because it preys on a person’s fear of a loved one being harmed,” said Darien Lt. Jeremiah Marron in a press release. “Although the victims are relieved when they learn that their loved one is safe, their money will likely never be recovered.”

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