SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Scarsdale police department is warning residents to be on high alert when answering the phone following a series of scam calls were reported recently.
According to Scarsdale Police Capt. Thomas Altizio, “recently there has been an increase in incidents occurring over the telephone where the caller attempts to fraudulently obtain money from victims using several different scams.”
One scam, dubbed “grandchild in jail,” involves the caller claiming to be a friend or relative that got into trouble or was involved in an accident in a different country – typically Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean Islands – that needs money to get out of jail.
Another scam involves the caller claiming to be an officer from the Internal Revenue Service claiming that a past tax balance is due, and unless it is paid, a team would be sent to arrest them. IRS scams can be reported directly here .
The final scam that has plagued village residents recently, titled “jury duty warrant,” sees the caller claiming to be a police or warrant officer from the county or state stating that a warrant has been issued for failing to report to jury duty, and if a fine isn’t paid, they will be arrested.
In each scam, the caller requests money through a Western Union MoneyGram or Green Dot Card Money Card.
“The public should be aware that all of the above telephone scams have been occurring frequently and that the scammers are very good at frightening their victims into compliance,” Altizio stated. “No government agency will ever ask you to pay a fine using a Western Union Money Gram or Green Dot Money Card.
“Should you receive any of these types of calls, advise the caller you are notifying your local police department and hang up. Never respond to any telephone or Internet request for money without first speaking to a trusted friend, relative or your local police department.”
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