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U.S. Sen. Murphy to FBI: Help with CT's Awful Phone Scam

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), from a Patch file photo
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), from a Patch file photo
A frantic Stamford woman recently pulled into the Darien Police station parking lot and waved down some cops to help her with it.

Norwalk police just issued an alert to residents after eight recent reports about it.

Police in Darien, Greenwich, Milford and other towns have each had to deal with it on multiple occasions, and now U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide a little help to local law enforcement.

The problem: A phone scammer who tells a victim that a close relative is being held for ransom after a car accident. Money is demanded immediately, to be wired to an anonymous account, and the victim had better not get off the line -- or else. The caller has a Spanish accent. Police can't trace the phone number.

Murphy, according to a news release from his office, "sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to ask the agency to immediately alert the public about a telephone scam occurring in Connecticut and around the United States. Murphy urged the FBI to publish the details of this fraud using the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) network so that state and local authorities can be on the lookout."

“People should be immediately alerted of these malicious telephone scams,” Murphy said in the news release.

In his letter to FBI Director James Comey Jr., Murphy wrote: "Connecticut’s working families, immigrant communities and senior citizens appear to be the targets of this insidious activity, and our state’s law enforcement could use any help that you might be able to provide in seeing that no more Connecticut residents are tricked out of their hard-earned money."

Milford police, Greenwich police and, most recently, Norwalk police have advised people on what they can do to avoid the scam or avoid being taken in by it.

REVMAN March 03, 2014 at 10:26 AM
I can NOW say it " Obama did it and screwed it UP!!! And with the help of Murphy & Blumenthal.
Gary Tobin March 03, 2014 at 11:12 AM
I think everyone agrees that 99.9% of all politicians are out of control, out of touch with the people and are breaking down the foundation of our country. The People can fix and purge the self-serving, corrupt, rich, career Politian problem that America has. One of the last constitutional rights that have not been stripped or altered is VOTING. I have heard it and I’m sure you heard it; term limits for elected offices will fix a lot of this country’s problems and a great start on put the country back on track. The people can vote their own term limits in the local, state and federal elections. If we DON’T vote for any sitting politicians and vote for a candidate not in office, regardless of party affiliation. Bring America back to the people through your vote…
Harry March 03, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Archie, are you telling us the last 5 yrs have been an economic boom? Take a look at your 401k today, market is free falling. Must be the chicken hawk mcmurphys threating comments on Russia , I'm sure Putin is shaking in his boots while he moves war ships and bombers to Cuba. Unemployment only goes down because people can't find work. Obamacare is a family value because a single mom of three doesn't have to work anymore and thanks to Obama our economy has never seen such prosperity. Did you hang out with potus and smoke cocaine or what. World is falling apart and all you loons on the left can say is bush bush bush. That ship has sailed
Maria Young March 03, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Where is the Do Not Call Number to plug in? Had one years ago, but it expired. Tired of Google calling me!
Craig Zac March 03, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Murphy s**ks and is a lame duck, empty suit, know nothing, lazy, do nothing slob! He should have never been elected and his whole election race with Linda McMahon was a disgrace and embarrassment to the State. He (and she) made us all look like the backwards hillbillies that he described us in Oxford as. You know, his quote about Oxford, "that town where all the trucks have gun racks in the window" the guy is scum plain and simple!
Bobbie March 03, 2014 at 07:42 PM
I choose to live in CT, Tom. Not sure why you are here. This would oh so be a better state if we could thin out the complainers. and I would break every law in the book if it meant saving the lives of my family members. Apparently, Tom, you are one unhappy person and wish to take it out on others. Well, to let you know, I'll take care of my complaints while Liberal voting in November. Let's just see where we are at that point in time.
Brian C. Duffy March 03, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Remember, Murphy's term ends in 2018! Not this year. You have 4 more years to gleefully bash him then "term limit" him if you like. I voted to term limit Nancy Johnson. On the 12th try, it worked!
Harry March 03, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Bobbie, there's no doubt after the election shows foley winning a parked car will mysteriously appear in Bridgeport with just enough votes to put Dano over the top, Also why you guys have a problem with voter if laws. The game is rigged
chuck March 03, 2014 at 09:02 PM
A thirty word meandering first sentence followed by a four word one. What the hell is a "voter if" law? Remember...if you like your plan you can keep it....
Craig Zac March 04, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Simple.. first off, if someone calls and says they have whoever hostage, unless you are a famouse person or a millionaire its most likely a scam. so, proceede as so: a) Hang up..if they are serious, they will call back. B) call the person who is supposedly kidnapped. C) if you call the "victim" and they are fine and NOT kidnapped, all is good. If not, call police. D) if the moron calls back and you know the person (victim) is fine and not kidnapped) here's your chance to be a pain in the butt...(lol) Act scared like your buying it hook line and sinker, ask all the standard TV, Movie questions..How is he/she? can you speak to them, are they safe... then go along with the plan, act like you are gonna do what youre told.. but don't do a damn thing. see if they call back, if they do tell them you couldn't get to the bank because you had other more pressing matters to deal with, tell them its gonna take a day or so..lol have fun with this moron see how far he'll go and if you can, tape his calls, go buy a phone microphone from radio shack and a cheap recorder or use your PC..lol God I hope he calls me next!! lol
Paul Bahre March 04, 2014 at 09:01 AM
A couple of years back I got an email from a friend that said he was in Spain on business (And he did and does travel all over the world) and he got in a car accident and needed money quick or the cops there would not release him. I called him on his cell and he was in Hartford at his office. So I replied to the email go F yourself whoever you are....
chuck March 12, 2014 at 08:44 PM
So it has been a week now and nothing further from the bluster boy Murphy. FBI paid no attention to his grandstanding. We're waiting Chris....
Craig Zac March 13, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Bobbi, Obama may have inherited a mess from GWB but remember what he inherited and from Whom? Every new President has the joy of cleaning up after the last crook, the only difference is, Obama did NOTHING to try and even start to clean up Bush's mess, no, Obama just left that and started making his own mess... and correct me if Im wrong, Bush also had to deal with 9/11 and two wars all while also worrying about the economy and everything else... all Obama had to do was bring our guys home from the middle east and put an end to the Patriot act but no, what does he do? wastes more money on a dumb non working website he had a foreign company make (instead of giving the job to a local company) then he went on his national watch me lie tour then he gets busted with his hands in the cookie jar, spying on us all after telling us how evil GWB was ... Obama made a larg mess into an unbelievably larger mess and not one democrat will stand up and say "Yeah, the guy F***ed up, he made a ton of mistakes and did a lot of stuff wrong! im sorry I even voted for him but the man is a great liar and I fell for it!" all you guys do is defend him like he is some sort of great man... F***, even Jesus didn't have this kind of support and he WAS a god!
Craig Zac March 13, 2014 at 07:45 AM
@Chuck, well now with it coming to light that the CIA was spying on all these guys too, maybe they sent a little note to the FBI themselves telling them to ignore the D-Bag cause he is into some freak s**t! lol,lol,lol...
Bobbie March 13, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Craig, Bush inherited incredibly large Clinton era surpluses and then nose-dived into nine years of deficits via tax cuts and two wars and Bush recessions. NY Times - 2011 - "In future decades, when rising health costs with an aging population hit the budget in full force, deficits are projected to be far deeper than they are now. Effective health care reform, and a willingness to pay more taxes, will be the biggest factors in controlling those deficits." Read 'em and weep.
patrick gladstone VIII March 14, 2014 at 04:58 AM
common sense isnt very common--voltaire the first thing you need to decide -are surpluses good and deficits bad. Some could easily argue that the federal government should never have a "large surplus" as you describe . The Clinton Tax hikes led to the recession in 2000 that Bush inherited. When the Federal Government taxes its citizens to excess --taking money out of the private hands--you can say it sounds good, but in fact it is not ideal. To wit, what was obama's initial response to the recession? Tax cuts in the form of social security tax cuts, extension of the bush tax cuts etc. This was part of the stimulus that about a week ago, bobbie you lauded. So I suggest you decided if tax cuts and deficits are good or bad--and once you decide that we can examine the policies of bush and obama and you can explain why the same approach is good for obama and bad for bush and try to keep a straight face. Bush inherited a recession and dealt with the economic implosion that occured after september 11. Not easy feats. Wars are economy positive --FDR, Truman, Wilson, Kennedy, Johnson all started wars Obama expanded the war in afghanistan and engaged in regime change via force in libya. libya is now in chaos. As is afghantan etc. But I digress-- you also have to decide if war is good or bad--and then apply it evenly...though I doubt you are capable. bottom line--you wil have a very difficult time distinguishing obama policies from bush policies. debt, spending, deficits expansion of govt health coverage, use of military despite no proven threat to national security--spying on us citizens. bush didnt kill u.s. citizens without due process--maybe you think that is a good thing? Im not so sure...other than that both presidents worked with compliant congress' and oppositional ... maybe one major difference is bush didnt cry every time he didnt get his way.?? anyway this will get deleted by my buddy --but youre welcome to distinguish bush from clinton and obama--and include the war on women if you can--and maybe rights for gay people (clinton signed doma--obama ran on marriage is man and a woman) etc.. very interested to see the naviagtion that at some point you hopefully can concede is pretty similar...but it requires honesty and objectivity.
Porter gladstone March 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM
you cause recessions with too high of taxes....thats what clinton surplus caused in 2000/2001
Paul Bahre March 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Clinton Surplus was caused by the: Housing bubble and the internet high tech bubble. The balanced budged was because Clinton effectively worked with Newt Gingrich and the republicans to get the budget balanced. Bush came into office and the High tech bubble crashed then 9/11. Bush ended up with the rest of his time in office fighting a two front war. At the end of it all the housing bubble crashed and that was a housing bubble caused by Clinton who wanted to get every poor soul in a house instead of sec. 8 housing. Go figure. We are still in an economic morrase because Congress and the President won't work together for the first time in the Republic. The president refuses to do any positive things to help turn the economy around. The president wants to turn the US into a 3rd World country patterned after a European Socialist economy where no one works and everyone is beholden to the democratic party.
Bobbie March 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Patrick, this is your point of view. There is absolutely no comparison between I have all this money at my disposal Bush and let's assist those in poverty Obama. I've previously posted re Obama and his ruling that ALL marriages were to be treated the same. and it's a heck of a lot easier to start a war than to end one - but, he is obviously headed in that direction with the scheduled bring home the troops. I find it humorous when commenters begin on the intellectual high-road and then sink into the paths of opinion.
Bobbie March 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Porter - you should read the Bush blogs - 2012: "The housing crisis caused the recession. Unqualified people were able to get mortgages for little or no money down. When the price of the house went down, the mortgage went underwater. Banks packaged these mortgages in investments, and when people started defaulting on their loans it brought the financial system to the brink of collapse."
Bobbie March 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Paul - Clinton surplus due to the high tech bubble: "A combination of rapidly increasing stock prices, market confidence that the companies would turn future profits, individual speculation in stocks, and widely available venture capital created an environment in which many investors were willing to overlook traditional metrics, such as P/E ratio, in favor of basing confidence on technological advancements. The collapse of the bubble took place during 1999–2001. Some companies, such as Pets.com, failed completely. Others lost a large portion of their market capitalization but remained stable and profitable, e.g., Cisco, whose stock declined by 86%. Some later recovered and surpassed their dot-com-bubble peaks, e.g., Amazon.com, whose stock went from 107 to 7 dollars per share, but a decade later exceeded 400." The remainder is opinion.
Paul Bahre March 14, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Bobbie, I was making the comment that Bush inherited baggage from Clinton and not everything that Clinton did he did on his own. Clinton did push for relaxed housing regs. Clinton did nothing to create the IT bubble but the bubble burst when Clinton's justice dept. went after Microsoft but it was ripe to bust anyways. Most presidents inherit crap and deal with it. both Bush and Clinton did. Obama inherited the Housing bubble crash as Bush inherited the .com crash. The difference is that Obama has done as much as he can to acerbate this poor economy instead of just leaving it alone and letting it heal on it's own. Obama is picking at the wound by pouring huge sums of cash into entitlements and he is also sicking all sorts of regulators after businesses left and right. If big businesses didn't want to to business in the US before Obama they definitely don't now.
Bobbie March 14, 2014 at 02:11 PM
"However, prominent social scientists, such as economist Paul Krugman and political scientist Larry Bartels, have pointed out that education fails to explain the rising gap between the top 1% and the bottom 99%, which has been the site of most increases in inequality. They point out that if education were to blame, a larger group would be pulling ahead of the rest of the population, and that wages of highly educated earners have fallen far behind those of the very rich. Furthermore, they point out that the U.S. is unique among developed countries in seeing such a sharp rise in inequality, while the composition of its economy and labor force is not - if education were to blame, one would expect the same trend across all post-industrial nations.[10] Bartels has asserted that the skill base explanation is partially used as it is more "comforting" to blame impersonal forces, rather than policies.[11] The tax cuts had been largely opposed by American economists, including the Bush administration's own Economic Advisement Council.[12] In 2003, 450 economists, including ten Nobel Prize laureate, signed the Economists' statement opposing the Bush tax cuts, sent to President Bush stating that "these tax cuts will worsen the long-term budget outlook... will reduce the capacity of the government to finance Social Security and Medicare benefits as well as investments in schools, health, infrastructure, and basic research... [and] generate further inequalities in after-tax income." "President Barack Obama’s advisers said the U.S. economy is on track to strengthen and add more jobs in the next two years because many of the impediments to faster growth have subsided. The unemployment rate has dropped to the lowest levels in more than five years, deficits have been cut by more than half, housing is on the rebound, manufacturers are adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s and exports are accelerating, Obama said in an annual economic report to Congress." "“Reducing long-term unemployment presents a major challenge because these individuals may face stigmatization from employers or experience skill deterioration.”
S. Coe March 14, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Tom Renzo... "put people in jail once and a while we could actually protect ourselves" that comment seems pretty absurd considering the US has more of its population imprisoned then any other country....
Jim Linde March 16, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Craig, Clinton inherited a mess from Ws dad who had inherited a better situation from Reagan who inherited a mess from Carter, I see a pattern. Clinton left a booming economy and no deficit, W took care of that quick. The Republicans don't want the pattern to continue or for people to see two term democrats Coe an up a Bush mess. Anytime you cut your income while still paying out more in expenses you spend down the savings and then run up the debt. The facts are there and no matter how much people try to confuse people it's a fact. Spending is down but not a lot of support for restoring revenue to levels when things were find and employers had to scramble for employees.
Chris Gervais March 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Where is the oversight of the comments. Why is everyone allowed these nonsensical, off topic rants? I am not talking censorship, just comments that ADD a differing viewpoint from what the author of the article wrote would be refreshing!
Rocco Frank Milford Independents March 24, 2014 at 09:26 AM
@Chris when you say "oversight" don't you really mean "Censorship" You liberals already butchered the Second Amendment now you are going after the First. I look forward to the day the Obama jackboots have their foot on your head because your wife shopped for the wrong kind of high calorie food.
Craig Zac March 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM
@ Jim.. when you say: "Spending is down but not a lot of support for restoring revenue to levels when things were find and employers had to scramble for employees." Are you saying that we the people, aren't spending as much $$$ as we should be and that's why the economy is so bad? Or do you mean the government is spending less than normal?
Gary Tobin March 25, 2014 at 07:18 AM
I think everyone agrees that 99.9% of all politicians are out of control, out of touch with the people and are breaking down the foundation of our country. The People can fix and purge the self-serving, corrupt, rich, career Politian problem that America has. One of the last constitutional rights that have not been stripped or altered is VOTING. I have heard it and I’m sure you heard it; term limits for elected offices will fix a lot of this country’s problems and a great start on put the country back on track. The people can vote their own term limits in the local, state and federal elections. If we DON’T vote for any sitting politicians and vote for a candidate not in office, regardless of party affiliation. Bring America back to the people through your vote…
OpportunistWatch March 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Caller had a SPANISH accent - 99% I'll bet they are operating from PR. They sure know how to manipulate our system very well. We can't even track a drivers license from that protectorate. If you say anything about the untraceable nature of PR, you are dubbed a racist and some bleeding heart Hartford agency will try and sue you. Sick but this is a BIG problem. Oh I forgot, they are the on the front line of our military so we call it a protectorate. I hope they lock this predator up for a longtime.

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