Beware Of Phone Scams, Torrington Police Say

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TORRINGTON — Police are warning people about phone scams after a resident who thought she won a prize wired about $4,000 to cover what she was told were associated costs.

The incident happened earlier this month, police said, when a man referring to himself as “Michael Phillips” called the woman and told her she had won $800,000 in a Nevada Sweepstakes.

Over the next several days, she wired about $4,000 to an address in Costa Rica to cover various related “charges,” police said.

She eventually learned from the Federal Trade Commission web site,, that she had been the victim of fraud.

The FTC advises that people say “no thanks” if they get a call from someone they don’t know who is trying to sell them something they hadn’t planned to buy.

If they pressure you to give up personal information, like a credit card or Social Security numbers, it is likely a scam, the agency says. People are advised to hang up.

By Christine Dempsey, Hartford Courant

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