Vermont state police have issued a warning to those living in and around Bennington County, Vt., about an allegedly Canadian-based telephone scam reported by numerous victims.
Police described the ruse as being "very clever" and said that the scam has netted financial rewards for the perpetrator.
Calls Coming From Montreal and Ontario, Say Police
The ploy involves a telephone call from a person who claims to be a family member or a friend who reports being mugged, kidnapped or experiencing some other misfortune while traveling in Canada. The individual is familiar with certain details about the person being contacted and uses the information to assure that the call is legitimate. If questioned about an unfamiliar voice, the scammer offers explanations such as a broken nose, a damaged pay telephone, or other excuse.
"The scam artists has information about you, your family, and your friends to assist in convincing you that he is who he says," according to a written police statement.
The con artist then states that they need financial help because of the circumstances. Police said that a request for funds may be direct or implied, and that the amount requested is most often about $500.
Once someone agrees to provide money, the scammer insists that only a Western Union transfer is acceptable and instructs the victim where in Canada the funds should be wired.
Police are asking anyone with any information about this ruse to call the Vermont State Police barracks in Shaftsbury, Vt. at 802-442-5421.
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Biz Briefs: Price Rite Marketpace to Hold Grand Re-Opening of Pittsfield Store
Price Rite grand re-opening
Price Rite Marketplace will unveil fresh new looks and shopping experiences with grand re-openings at its store on Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield, as well as stores in Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield and Westfield. The supermarket is continuing to roll out its award-winning redesigned store concept focused on deep discounts and fresh foods after successful store rebrands in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania locations.
Price Rite Marketplace kicked off its rebranding campaign in fall 2018 with three stores in Pennsylvania, followed by an aggressive 2019 rollout with 35 additional rebrands in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Maryland. The changes attracted new customers, generated industry buzz and even secured a National Grocers Association Creative Choice Award for outstanding marketing and merchandising in the supermarket industry.
Customers who visit these stores will find bright, revitalized décor, including market-style produce departments brimming with fresh fruit, vegetables and organics. Each store will also include the new "Drop Zone" stocked with special surprise buys on must-have grocery and private label items, and lower prices that extend across hundreds of products.
To mark the latest grand re-openings, Price Rite Marketplace is hosting community celebrations on Friday, Jan. 24, with music, free sampling and other fun events. Doors open 8 a.m.; the first 400 customers who arrive at each store will receive a $20 Price Rite Marketplace gift card.
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