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Area police departments continue to warn about kidnapping phone scam

Newtown Police are cautioning residents to be aware of a phone scam hitting other towns.  Monroe Police have handled half a dozen complaints this week alone of people receiving a call from someone saying their loved one hit another car, and was being held at gunpoint if money for repairs wasn't sent via Western Union immediately. 


Newtown Police say the calls have been received by town residents in the past. 


Police suggest calling the loved one to verify that they're safe.  Newtown Police also noted that scammers are using thousands of different numbers so the best practice is to never answer unless you recognize the phone number.  If it’s important enough, legitimate callers will leave a message.

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