San Benito Retiree Falls Victim to Calling Scheme

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Published on October 2, 2019 -
The man said the caller claimed to be his wife’s nephew.

San Benito Retiree Falls Victim to Calling Scheme

Hundreds of dollars after falling victim to a virtual kidnapping scheme.

He spoke with channel five's frank mcaffrey to get the word out, to protect other valley residents.

Retiree, alfonso aguirre, is a man with a giving and caring nature, especially when it comes to his family.

His kindness was taken advantage of by a deceiving caller with a number from venezuela.

This was a virtual kidnapping, something that is common during the holidays when families are traveling back and forth from mexico to the us.

On saturday afternoon, aguirre ended up in contact with someone who was not who they claimed to be.

00:47 alfonso aguirre, san benito retiree, "i got a call from supposedly my wife's nephew.

Coming down from houston.

He was loaded with stuff that he wanted to give us.

He said he had a trailer and that he was putting his trailer with a lot of presents for us."

About an hour later, the conversation started up again.

1:15 alfonso aguirre, san benito retiree, "he called back about an hour later and 'i had an accident, i had an accident, i hit somebody.

And there's a little girl that got hurt and i gotta take her to the hospital.

I also need about $700 to make an agreement with the man that i hit."

The caller asked that aguirre wire him the money to guadalajara mexico.

Aguirre sent the funds by western union.

Then, an hour later the caller asked aguirre to send another $500 to fix his car's transmission.

This time aguirre did not fall for it.

3:19 alfonso aguirre, san benito retiree, "that's when i asked him for his mother's name and she did ask him and he just hung up and that was it."

Aguirre called san benito police, a group familiar with these virtual kidnappings.

17:30 michael galvan, chief of police, san benito "the majority of the people will not acknowledge the call, or just dismiss the call and notify us.

Some people, good hearted people, they react quickly.

They're concerned for their family.

They will end up sending money to these people who are not who they say."

Galvan says these criminals always put on a good show.

San benito police will not be able to take on this case.

It is out of the department's jurisdiction.

This would also likely not be a federal case because the $700 lost is below the fbi threshold to investigate.

Live in the studio, frank mccaffrey channel five news at six.

There are some steps you can take to keep yourself from falling victim to a scheme like aguirre.

This is a channel five news extra.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a family member who needs money, the san benito police department recommends that before giving any information, ask the caller personal questions.

Like the last time they were together?

Last family reunion and names of other family members?

Always report these incidents to your

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