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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:43 PM

Roselle Park (NJ) family falls for terrifying scam

Criminals out of Florida and Puerto Rico have been scamming unsuspecting families, including one from Roselle Park.

Edward Melchionna got a call that his younger brother, Stefano, had been severely injured in a car crush near the Rutgers Newark campus, where he is a student. Within minutes, Melchionna and his father were in a car racing toward Newark.

"They said my brother had trauma to his head," Melchionna told News 12 New Jersey, "(that) he was bleeding from his mouth."

Even more frightening is that the caller knew personal information about Stefano, including his first and last name, make and model of his car, and his license plate number. Pretty soon, the calls became aggressive and demanding. The caller demanded $3,000, saying the crash was Stefano's fault, and that he'd be harmed if they did not provide the money.

It wasn't until Melchionna heard from his younger brother that he learned it was all an elaborate hoax.

http://newjersey.news12.com/news/roselle-park-family-falls-for-terrifying-scam-1.4593406

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malaise Feb 2013 #1
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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:47 PM

1. I think Sixty Minutes tonight will discuss the Lotto

scam from Jamaica where these scumbags have robbed hundreds of elderly people in the US.
Still I don't know how or why people are so gullible. They even scam locals.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:48 PM

2. This doesn't make a lot of sense after the rushing out of the house part;

who would start paying hush money before even talking to the brother?

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Response to marybourg (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:50 PM

3. People are gullible, and when it comes to family, emotions rule

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:56 PM

4. had to read this all, have family in that town

and they tend to fall for scams a lot. Not the brightest branch on the family tree.

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