Ansonia police are warning residents of a phone scam.
In a prepared statement Tuesday, Lt. Patrick Lynch said that on Sunday (Jan. 21) “a local resident received a phone call from an unknown person reporting that a family member had been kidnapped, that a ransom was being requested and the kidnapped family member would be harmed if the police were contacted.”
The call turned was a scam, Lynch said.
“The Ansonia Police Department is warning all residents not to give any personal information, bank information, wire money or purchase gift cards like iTunes, Amazon, Google and other easily negotiable monetary items to pay the person requesting the money,” Lynch said.
“If you receive a call like this, or that a relative has been arrested and needs bond money or has been injured and needs money for medical expenses, the first thing you should do is to try and contact the relative they are saying is in trouble,” Lynch said. “You should then contact the police department and report the incident.”
Ansonia police can be reached at 203-735-1885.