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Police Log: 'I'm From The Government, I'm Here To Scam You'

Nov 07, 2014 12:07PM ● Published by Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Police Headquarters.

Some people might get intimidated when they get a phone call from someone claiming to be the government.
A Whipple Road woman got mad.
Tewksbury Police received a call from the resident on Thursday, just after 9 a.m. She said the man claimed to be from the U.S. Treasury Dept. and said they had Federal Agents just down the street ready to arrest them if they didn't wire money to Washington. The telephone number on her caller ID was 510-355-8902. 
The woman said she hung up on the man, who spoke with an Indian accent, and called police.
An officer was sent to her address to gather more information and a report was filed.
(Editor's note: 510 is a California area code and the telephone number 510-355-8902 pops up in numerous references online as being connected to a scam.)

Arrests:
  • Nelson Rodriquez, 23, 25 Avenue Ave, #24, Lowell, was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant after a traffic stop.

Additional Calls:
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, 11:16 a.m. -- Police received a call from an employee of Enterprise Bank and Trust, 910 Andover St. The employee said a man had just come into the bank and said he wanted to cash a $15,000 check. He said he had just gotten out of prison. The employee said the man started acting very nervous and left the bank without getting any money. Three officers were sent to the scene but were unable to locate the man.
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, 11:41 a.m. -- A motor vehicle accident was reported in the parking lot of Market Basket, 1900 Main St. The caller said one of the vehicles involved left the scene before providing any information to the other driver. Officers were dispatched to the scene and a report was filed.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 4, 9:02 p.m. -- A man walked into Police Headquarters and reported that his girlfriend had just been assaulted at a residence on South Street. A detective spoke with the man and a report was filed.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 4, 9:02 p.m. -- A caller told dispatch there was an unregistered ATV being driven in the middle of the road on Washington Street. The caller also said the driver of the ATV had a dog that was unleashed and running alongside the ATV. Two units were sent to the scene. The female driver was spoken to and she parked the ATV. Animal Control was notified to speak to the dog owner about keeping the animal leashed.

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