Wham, bam, another phone scam

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Two Island phone scams have the Edgartown Police Department putting the public on notice of potential fraudulent phone calls asking for large sums of money. The two scams allegedly preyed on out-of-state elderly people.

Adrian Jones of Edgartown was placed under arrest on a fugitive from justice on court warrant charge. Jones allegedly scammed an 81-year-old veteran residing in Morristown, Tenn, out of $25,000, according to a police report.

In a separate case, Kristie Kaye Barrett of Aquinnah and Akeem Devon Rattigan of Vineyard Haven have been charged with larceny over $250 by false pretense for scamming an 80-year-old woman in Summerville, S.C., out of an estimated $14,925.

Edgartown Police were contacted by Santander Bank when Barrett and Rattigan attempted to withdraw large amounts of money after making a string of prior unusual deposits, according to the police report.

The duo allegedly called the Summerville woman and told her she had won a few prizes, including a new car. The woman was then instructed to send $4,500 to pay for state taxes and she would receive her car. She was later instructed to send two other checks for $6,200 and $4,225, the report states.

“We hate seeing people lose their hard-earned dollars time and again. If it seems too good to be true … it is, and you’re about to get ripped off,” Lt. Chris Dolby told the Times in an email.