Aggressive Phone Scam

(LaSALLE, ON) – A LaSalle resident received a telephone call from an aggressive person identifying themselves as Patrick Bell. He told her that if she did not pay almost $1,500 within 20 minutes of the phone call, her husband would be arrested.

Bell told the woman that she could pay via Western Union or a bank but, if she decided to pay via the bank, then it would cost an extra $800. He then told the resident to call him back at 450-977-5706 with the payment details from Western Union.

She was instructed to make the payment to a Calvin Nikolai of Edmonton, AB.

The resident reported the incident to LaSalle Police and, when an officer called Patrick Bell, he had nothing to say and hung up.

The phone number has been identified on the internet by others as being involved in similar scams.

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