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Elderly Victims Phone Scam.




The NYSP is warning the public on a recent increase of phone scams to elderly citizens. This scam includes a few different scenarios:

-The caller claiming to be a family member in trouble or arrested in another State or Country. This caller will put urgency on helping them and not to contact other family.

-The caller claims to be a law enforcement official with a family member under arrest demanding bail or funds for them.

**Police agencies do not contact family for bail money**

The caller in both scenarios will advise the victim to get a specific amount of money and buy gift cards from popular stores such as Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Target and other big retail stores. The victim is told to call a number and read off the gift card identification number.

Those gift cards are then used to buy items and are resold at a lesser amount by the suspect.

If you have parents or elderly people in your family, take the time to explain this scam to them.


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