Scarsdale Police Warn Residents About Recent Rash Of Phone Scams

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Scarsdale Police are warning residents about a recent wave of phone scams in the area.
Scarsdale Police are warning residents about a recent wave of phone scams in the area. Photo Credit: File

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Scarsdale Police are warning residents about three phone scams that are swindling people out of money. 

Residents are asked to beware of the following scams:

“Grandchild In Jail”

In this scam, the caller will claim to be a friend or relative that got into trouble or was involved in an accident in another country (often Mexico, Canada or one of the Caribbean Islands) and needs money to get out of jail.

In some cases the scammer will tell the victim they are a police officer and their grandchild has been arrested and needs to have money sent to them for bail. The scammer will require that a Western Union MoneyGram be sent or Green Dot Card Money Card be purchased and the card number provided to them.

"IRS Tax Warrant"

The caller will claim to be an agent or police officer from the Internal Revenue Service calling about a past due tax balance that is owed. The caller will tell the victim that unless the debt is paid immediately, they will send a team to the victims home to immediately arrest them. They scammer will also request that the “tax debt” be paid with a Western Union MoneyGram or Green Dot Card Money Card.

"Jury Duty Warrant"

The caller will claim to be a police officer or a warrant officer from Westchester County or New York State claiming to have a warrant for the victim for failing to report for jury duty. The scammer will also claim that unless a fine is immediately paid, the police will be sent to the victims home to arrest them.

Residents are reminded that no government agency will ever demand a fine be paid via Western Union or pre-paid debit card. 

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