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Darien Victim of IRS Phone Scam Loses $5,800 After Being Told to Pay With Apple Gift Cards

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A 45-year-old Darien resident of Hollow Tree Ridge Road got the call that scammed her out of thousands of dollars last Friday morning. A male identifying himself as a collector for the IRS told her she owed back taxes to the federal government, and if she didn’t pay up by noon her husband would be subject to arrest. She withdrew $5,800 from her bank. She was then directed to go to an Apple store and buy Apple gift cards, which she did. Police didn’t say, but usually in these scams, the person on the other end of the line tells the victim not to hang up the phone while getting the money and then arranging to have it sent somehow.

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How to Avoid LosingYour Scooter to a Thief: Darien Police Tips

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An announcement from the Darien Police Department:
Recently Darien Police officers recovered a stolen scooter as a result of a motor vehicle stop.  The scooter had never been reported stolen but through the officer’s investigation, it was determined that it was taken from the Darien train station approximately two years prior. 

Scooters are being stolen at an alarming rate in our area and in the surrounding communities.  Many thefts are from train station parking lots and other commercial areas. A thief can steal your scooter in less than 20 seconds!  Alarmingly, many owners do not lock or secure their scooters thereby presenting opportunistic theft. However, as with any vehicle, it’s always important to take the time to properly lock your scooter to protect against theft and prevent this crime from reoccurring. [Darien police say another scooter was stolen in town on Saturday. More details here.]
Here are some tips to prevent you from becoming the next victim: