Norwalk police warn of hostage threat scam

Authorities in Norwalk are warning area residents to be on alert for phone calls from scammers who try to fleece money from victims by telling them their loved ones are in danger.

NorwalkPolice Lt. Paul Resnick says the department has received eight calls in the last 10 days about incidents in which an unknown caller tells people that their family member has had an accident and that the the family member is being held hostage until the resident wires them money through a Stop and Shop or a Western Union branch.

Resnick said that some of the scam calls have been successful. Similar calls were also reported in Trumbull earlier this month.

Police say that people should never wire money to people they don’t know without verifying the information first, either by trying to contacting the family member or going to the police for help.

People should not hold long conversations with the caller and should instead hang up and contact police.

Anyone who has received a call connected to the scam or who has information about the identity of the caller is encouraged to contact Det. Bill Maloney with Norwalk Police Department’s Fraud Unit either by email at or by calling (203) 854-3186.

Wes Duplantier