The Westford Police Department issued a scam alert this past week to warn of ongoing scams across Westford after receiving reports from several town residents
In a statement issued by the WPD last Friday, police stated that Westford “has seen an increase in scams being reported by town residents and surrounding communities.” The scams include both personal and business checks being stolen or washed and then cashed for “large sums of money.”
The scammers have targeted Westford residents of all ages through dating apps, and have also targeted the elderly through the emails and phone calls.
Police stated that “it is not only important to understand the current trend of these types of scams but also to educate those that may be more susceptible to these types of incidents.”
According to the statement, police warn any Westford resident that receives phone calls, emails or meets someone through a dating site or app “that seems too good to be true, it probably is,” and that they may have fallen for a scam and should contact police immediately
The statement also provided information from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office on how to confirm the legitimacy pf certain documents or correspondence, in order to prevent residents from becoming future victims of scams.