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Police warn residents about phone scam

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Police departments in Guilford, Willimantic and East Haven are all investigating phone scam that is being reported throughout the state. 

For the third time this week, police said they responded to someone saying they got a frantic call that a family member was being held at gunpoint.

The caller then demands money in return for the loved one otherwise they will shoot them.

Police said in many cases the caller knows a bit of personal information in an attempt to validate their claims.  However, they are advising anyone who receives one of the calls to stay calm and make contact with the person "being held hostage."

In some cases, the police said the calls appear to be originating from Puerto Rico and will often come from a number with a 717 area code.  Victims have described the caller on the line as an adult male with a Spanish accent, police said.

If you do receive one of these calls you are advised to not give out any of your personal information and to report the call to your local police department.

For more information about common scams, click here.

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