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Henniker pharmacist helps elderly customer avoid scam

April 22. 2018 5:31PM

HENNIKER - An alert pharmacist saved an elderly customer from being scammed out of $5,000, police said.

Sarah Chapin was concerned when a woman came into Henniker Pharmacy on Friday, saying she needed to wire $5,000 to cover bail and get a relative out of jail in New Jersey, police said.

The story the woman told Chapin fit the pattern of scammers who often target the elderly, saying a relative is in trouble and telling them to wire money immediately to help.

Chapin advised the customer to report the call to police, who quickly confirmed that the woman was the target of a scam.

“Thanks to Sarah in this case, the money was not sent,” Henniker police said in a Facebook post thanking Chapin for her vigilance.

An officer who spoke with the woman called the number she was given to confirm when the transfer had gone through, police said. The call didn't last long.

“Based on the questions the officer asked, the scammer became vulgar and hung up,” police said in their Facebook post.

The officer explained to the woman how these kinds of scams work, targeting people and taking advantage of their emotions by saying a relative is injured or in trouble.

“Henniker police would like to encourage our residents that if they receive a call similar to these, do not give out personal or credit card information over the phone,” police said. “Take down the information and contact us if you have any questions.”

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