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Senior citizens across NYC scammed out of nearly $68,000: police

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Posted at 10:29 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 13:29:22-05

NEW YORK — The search is on for a man who scammed nearly $68,000 total from several senior citizens across New York City.

All of the victims, police said, are in their 70s and 80s.

In four incidents from October to November 2019, a man called each of the three victims saying that a relative—either a grandson or nephew—was in some kind of legal trouble, cops said.

The man targeted a 77-year-old woman in the Concord neighborhood of Staten Island, an 81-year-old female on the East Side of Manhattan and an 81-year old male in Auburndale, Queens, according to police.

The man then told each person that a courier would come to their homes and collect the money, the NYPD said.

According to authorities, the woman in Staten Island handed over $12,000 in an envelope to a man who came to her front door; the woman on the East Side gave the man more than $30,000, and the man in Queens gave the man a total of $25,000 in two related incidents, one in which the victim sent $12,500 via FedEx to a location in Georgia.

The NYPD has released a sketch and video of a man, seen walking through walking in one of the victim’s Staten Island neighborhood.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).