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Long Island woman, 95, duped out of more than $40,000 in phone scheme: police

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Posted at 8:26 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 08:32:45-04

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — A man was arrested after he took more than $40,000 from a 95-year-old woman through a phone scheme on Long Island, authorities said.

The victim received a call on Monday from an individual claiming to be her grandson and said he was arrested and needed $8,500 for bail, police said

A man later arrived at the Farmingdale home and took the money.

The victim was then contacted via telephone twice the next day and was told more money was needed, authorities said.

On two separate occasions that day, a man arrived at the location to pick up an envelope containing $12,000 and $20,000, police said.

The woman then realized she was the victim of an “elder scam” and called police to file a report.

The victim was then contacted on Wednesday by someone stating an additional $14,000 was needed, police said.

When the man arrived to pick up the money, he was placed under arrest by authorities.

Misael Romero, 27, faces a charge of third-degree attempted grand larceny.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.