A 90-year-old Barrington resident’s home received two suspicious phone calls on Thursday, Nov. 14 that led to an increased police presence in her neighborhood.
At about 1:10 p.m., someone called the Massasoit Avenue resident’s home; the woman’s daughter was visiting and answered the call. She later told police that the caller was a female and told her that she was with UPS and wanted to schedule a delivery for that afternoon. The caller asked if someone would be home.
The resident’s daughter said someone would be there, and a short while later the phone rang again. Police said a man with an “African” accent called from a “private” number to tell her that he had a certified check to deliver and needed confirmation she would be home at about 4 p.m.
“The daughter became suspicious and hung up the phone,” stated a press release from the police. “She received several more calls from a private number but did not answer them.”
The resident’s daughter called police and reported the incident.
An officer contacted UPS, and an official there said there was no delivery scheduled for that address, and that the driver had already finished that route for the day. An officer then responded to the residence prior to 4 p.m. and waited to see if anyone approached the home. No one arrived.
Later that day police researched the phone number of the calling party — 401-280-1507 — which reportedly belongs to the Ymax Communications Corp., owners of MagicJack, a portable device that allows people from outside the country to make phone calls over the internet using a local phone number.
“This company has been the source of numerous complaints in several states. This agency has investigated several phone scams in recent weeks involving local (401 area code) phone numbers,” stated the press release.
Anyone who receives a similar call should contact Barrington police at 437-3930.