Cop Phone Scam Targets Elderly

By: Deon Guillory Email
By: Deon Guillory Email

A warning from a good neighbor. A group is calling seniors in the Valley, pretending to be cops and threatening to arrest them.

Part of a message left on Anil Solanki's answering machine was "We will take legal action against your name and your identity. There are three legal charges placed against you."

Solanki said this is the second time he and his wife received a phone call like this.

"Now this one is that there will be legal proceedings, but that one was that you will be arrested. Wait and watch, you will be arrested," said Solanki.

The couple didn't call the number left in the message, but News 3's Deon Guillory did.

After a couple of rings came a voice message saying, "The number you have dialed has been disconnected or is no longer in service. Please check the number and try your call again."

Harrisonburg Police Officer Rachel Hammer suggests doing some research on a number.

"Getting a phone number for that agency and looking it up online and getting another phone number for that agency if you don't trust the one that's left on the phone," said Hammer.

By doing that, News 3 found out the number is based in Boston, a place the Solankis say they've never been.

We also uncovered a website with dozens of complaints about the number.

Police say if you're having someone who's trying to pressure you into something or is threatening you with a financial issue, get someone else thoughts about it or do like the Solankis and call the cops. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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