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Seniors, beware of phone scam

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Hingham police are warning senior residents of a new phone scam seeking to scare residents into sending money. According to police, typically a senior citizen receives a call from a person claiming to be a police officer or federal agent. The caller claims to have a warrant for the arrest of the resident, which can be cleared only by sending money or sending a rechargeable MasterCard or Visa card to them. “The caller is extremely aggressive and will attempt to intimidate the resident into sending the money or face being arrested,” Hingham police said in a release. The calls have been reported in Central Massachusetts and haven’t made their way to Hingham, the release said, but a warning is being provided “as a precaution as phone scams can be attempted anywhere.”

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