POLICE LOG: Woman Reports Scam, Threatening Calls

An excerpt from the WPD police log. The following arrest information was supplied by the Woburn Police Department. The arrest does not indicate a conviction.

The following is an excerpt from the Woburn Police Department log. Please note that this is a sampling of activity in the log, not a complete account. We report all arrests included in the daily police log. 

Featured Call of the Day

Feb. 13-

At 8:10 p.m. police responded to a Westgate Drive caller who reported a telephone scam. Caller stated she was solicited for a $1,500 loan from U.S. Payday Company over the phone. The man who called told her she needed to make of a payment of $275 to receive the loan. She paid that amount but the man then told her she owned $600 in back taxes and suggested she give the money to him so he could pay on her behalf. Caller stated she then realized this was a scam and asked for her initial $275 back and the man refused.

Caller stated the man keeps caller her under different names and that he became threatening, telling her he would use her information to get her fired.

Police tried to contact the man but he appears to be using a “magic Jack” Police advised caller not to speak with the man anymore and to notify police if this continues.


Other Incidents

Feb. 13-

At 1:30 p.m. a Mathew Pl. caller reported identify fraud. Caller stated she received an email from AT&T stating that her cellular service account information had been changed, including her address, email and service plan and that a new phone had been ordered. AT&T assisted the caller by returning the account information and putting on a higher level of security.


At 5:59 p.m. a woman came to the police station lobby to report credit card fraud. She stated multiple fraudulent charges were made on her account after three of her credit cards were stolen while she was at Panera Bread. She said that while there she noticed a white male in his mid 20s who was tall and had dark hair, who may have been the one that removed the cards from her purse, which was over the back of her chair.

The charges totaled over $7,000.


At 7:53 p.m. a manager at the Best Western Hotel reported that earlier that afternoon a long-time guest walked passed her and stated “you need to be careful” which the caller found threatening. Police spoke to the guest and told him he had one hour to leave the hotel and that he was not to speak to any of the staff about any non-hotel related issues.


Earnhardt February 15, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Loans over the phone? yeah! that's an honest business! almost as honest as "western Sky" LOLOLOLOL
Michael Dwells February 17, 2013 at 08:34 AM
The Westgate Drive woman did right by reporting the scam to the police. Based on several other complaints posted at http://www.callercenter.com , now that more and more people are becoming aware of their tactics, these scammers seem to have resorted to using threats to coerce their victims into sending money. But the police always remind everybody to be cautious about such calls and never be intimidated. Instead, such a call should be reported so proper action is taken.


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