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Scam involves elderly, wiring money, and taxi cabs

NORTHVILLE, Mich. – The Northville City Police Department is warning citizens about a scam involving taxi cabs.

The scam targets elderly people and attempts to have them wire money to an account.

A taxi cab company alerted police to a particular scam in which the suspect calls the taxi cab company asking for a taxi to be sent to pick up the elderly victim. The company is also asked to have the victim call the suspect. Once, the victim is on the phone, the person is told that a family member is in trouble and to wire money to an account to help. The taxi is there to make obtaining and sending the money possible.

According to the statement, the taxi cab company that was involved in the incident is taking steps to stop the scam before a taxi cab is ever sent.

Many of the victims have dementia.

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