Authorities are warning Berkshire County residents about a telephone scam targeting elderly victims. Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello says several people have fallen victim to the scam in which the caller poses as a relative or the attorney of a relative that has been involved in an accident where someone else has been injured.

The caller claims the relative needs bail money, legal fees, and medical expenses. Those making the fake calls have been operating out of the state of Florida, but the phone numbers they are using have an area code of 202, which is located in Washington, D.C. Caccaviello is asking anyone who may have received such a call or who may receive a call not to comply with any requests to send money and to contact their local police department. The scam warning comes after an 82-year-old North Adams woman received a call last month, saying that her grandson was in legal trouble. She sent three envelopes of cash, totaling more than $23,000, to two addresses in Florida.

I have been getting a lot of robocalls lately from the 413 area code from someone asking if I could hear them ok, If this happens to you, say no or hang up. When you say yes they can use your voice in many ways even to steal your identity.

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