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Police warn women about ‘creepy calls’

Women are worried about a string of disturbing phone calls from unknown men.

Police issued a warning after a Facebook post on the issue attracted 90 replies this week.

One of the victims, Natalie Sannemalm, told The Royal Gazette: “It was definitely a little creepy.”

Janelle Parson said her call had made her feel “very uncomfortable”.

Tali Gabai-Maiato, the author of the Facebook post on Monday, said that a man had called where she worked looking to speak with one of her female co-workers.

Ms Gabai-Maiato wrote: “I'm looking for the thread that was posted on here a while back about some creepy dude calling women at work and pretending he has met them and that they have hooked up, etc.

“I think the same jerk just called our studio.”

The post garnered dozens of responses from women reporting similar phone calls — some dating back years.

Ms Sannemalm was one of the women who replied. She said she had received two calls on her cellular phone from an unknown man earlier this month.

Ms Sannemalm said the caller said the two had recently spent time together and that he was surprised she did not remember him.

In the second call, the caller said the two had recently been intimate together.

Ms Sannemalm said: “It was definitely a bit creepy, but I thought it was a prank.

“I mentioned it to a co-worker and she said it happened to her friends a year ago.”

Ms Sannemalm did not initially report the incident, but later left a message with police after reading the comments on the Facebook post.

Ms Parson said the call she received at work on Monday afternoon had made her feel “very uncomfortable”.

She added: “I'm new to this job, so nobody really knows I work here.”

Ms Parson said that the caller said the two had met on the street and that she might not remember him. She said he identified himself as Kevin.

She said: “I hung up in the middle of it — I didn't let him continue the conversation.”

Ms Parson said she had seen the Facebook post and comments about similar calls only hours earlier.

She did not report the incident to police.

Ms Parson explained: “It sounded like a scam. It sounded like somebody just trying to get information.”

She said she had only received the one call.

Several of the comments made on Ms Gabai-Maiato's post named a man believed to be behind the calls. A photo said to be of the named man was also posted.

Commenting on the posts has since been closed by a group administrator.

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said that anyone who received unwanted calls should contact police.

He added: “Similar incidents reported to police in the recent past have led to suspects appearing before the courts charged with relevant offences.”

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Published January 27, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated January 27, 2018 at 9:50 am)

Police warn women about ‘creepy calls’

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