CAMBRIDGE (WBZ-AM) -- Cambridge Police detectives had hours to act and get nearly $100,000 back from international scammers--and they did it.
It started out as a call to alert the victim, a Cambridge woman, to trouble on her credit card. Then, the scammers got to their point, saying there was an international warrant for her arrest in China, and $95,000 could make that go away if she'd just wire that amount to Hong Kong. So, she did--then contacted Cambridge Police.
"It was a horrible experience,” the victim, who did not want to be identified, said at a press conference Friday. "My life was in disorder ... I don’t feel like I have any hope anymore ... I appreciate so much [detectives'] work, their help."
Cambridge detectives had to act fast, and Det. Mike Logan called off-duty Officer Ken Moy, who has contacts in Hong Kong, to stop the transfer.
"If this was a situation where they waited til Monday morning here, the odds are that that money would never have been reclaimed," Cambridge Police sookesperson Jeremy Warnick said. "Thankfully, this case was reported to us, and thankfully, we did have those contacts beyond Cambridge to freeze that account before it was fully transferred."
All told, the victim was out $80 in wire transfer fees.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Karyn Regal reports