DARIEN — Police are reminding residents to be cautious with online business transactions after a 65-year-old Darien woman lost over $4,000 in a timeshare-selling scam.
In April, the woman was contacted by a man claiming to be named “Andrew Castro.” Castro said he worked for a company called “International Real Estate Sales” in Chicago. Castro offered to purchase the woman’s timeshare property in Cancun, Mexico for a higher price than she paid for it. The woman began emailing Castro, who referred her to “West United LLC” and an “employee” there going by the name of “Brian Montez.” The woman then began corresponding with “Montez” and wired him $4,244 after he sent her an escrow agreement.
After sending “Montez” money, the woman realized she was being scammed and she contacted Darien police.
The detective division is following up on the incident.
A message from Darien Police:
Residents are again reminded to be extremely wary of unsolicited offers to transact business over the internet and especially in wiring money to non-vetted businesses or persons.