Bristol Police Log: Police probe a phone scam

BRISTOL — Bristol police recently twice cited a town woman for driving with a suspended license.
Police on Jan. 5 saw Melodie A. Campbell, 41, driving a vehicle on East Street, and later discovered that Campbell was prohibited by conditions of release from two previous driving-with-suspended-license citations. Police again saw Campbell driving on Jan. 30, and arrested her. Campbell is due to answer the charges in Addison County Superior Court on March 3.
Bristol police also recently investigated a phone scam. Chief Kevin Gibbs said police this past Thursday received a call from a Main Street business owner who said a man with a “foreign accent” called her and claimed to be from her power company. The man told the business owner she had to pay her bill by purchasing a Green Dot Card from Rite Aid, and said he would call back in one hour to get the card information. If the business owner did not comply, the man said her power would be shut off.
The business owner called her utility provider, who said the man was not affiliated with the company. When the man called the business owner back, he was unable to provide the correct account number to her. The business owner described the man as a very fast talker and very persistent.
Bristol police said they spoke with the management of Rite Aid, who told them the store does not issue Green Dot cards, a type of prepaid debit card.
Police urged citizens to be suspicious of any strangers calling and requesting money for any reason. Citizens should verify the legitimacy of any caller before turning over any money.

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