Cops: Beware of Phone Scams

Story by Michael Ganci.

Nassau County Police are investigating several phone scam incidents in which a family member is threatened or is allegedly injured and in need of money, police said.

According to detectives, a male caller with a Spanish accent calls and indicates that a family member was kidnapped, is being held hostage or was injured in an auto accident and needs money to be sent via Western Union to help.

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In two of the recent incidents, threats were made against the person that was allegedly being held.

"This information is being provided to residents to make them aware of this ongoing telephone scam and to report any similar incidents to the Nassau County Police Department," police said.

If you believe you may have been a victim of this scam, please call 911 immediately.
Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible are asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477).  All calls remain anonymous.
Robert Stoops March 24, 2013 at 05:21 AM
I can't see how the callers are able to fool victims into believing that a relative was kidnapped. I have read several posts at http://www.callercenter.com and I think this scam's very recognizable. And even if the victim is panicking, he can still call other family members to verify the information.


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