Possible Scam Affecting Seniors

Billerica – On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, Billerica Police were advised through the Council on Aging (COA) that a potential scam was being perpetrated on local elderly residents participating in the Meals on Wheels program. Meals on Wheels is a non-profit operation run by the Merrimack Valley Nutrition Project that delivers nutritious meals to area residents that cannot always obtain the proper nutrition on their own. Over the past three to four weeks at least two Billerica residents, both elderly, received unsolicited calls for a person representing themselves to be from Meals on Wheels. This person is reportedly informing the resident that they owe monies for their participation in the project. In at least one case the person has requested a credit card number. The Billerica Police have confirmed with the Merrimack Valley Nutrition Project that Meals on Wheels will never call residents requesting money. At this time this is being treated as a potential phone scam and any similar solicitations should be immediately reported to police.

Any additional questions should be directed to Lieutenant Roy Frost, 978-667-1212 x120

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