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Senior citizens across NYC scammed out of thousands: police

Posted at 8:41 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 21:25:44-05

NEW YORK — The NYPD has released another surveillance video showing scammers targeting senior citizens across New York City—swindling huge sums of money that amount to thousands of dollars for each victim, police said.

In January, there were 15 similar incidents, all with someone calling the victims saying that a relative was in some kind of legal trouble and needed money, cops said.

According to the NYPD, those targeted in this string of scams lived in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens—and the amount of requested money ranged from $3,000 to $9,600 in each instance.

Each time, someone posing as a courier set times to come and get the money, either at the victims' homes or another location, police said.

A surveillance video and photos from one of the incidents (above) show men arriving at the homes and leaving with money in hand.

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).