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Greenburgh Police Alert Residents About Phone Scams

Chief Chris McNerney.
Chief Chris McNerney. Photo Credit: Greenburgh Police Department

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Greenburgh Police Department said it recently experienced an increase in telephone scam incidents, according to Chief Chris McNerney.

The department is warning residents of the following scams:

  • Grandchild in Jail: Callers will claim to be a friend or relative who got into trouble or was involved in an accident in another country and needs money to get out of jail. In some cases, the scammers will tell the victims 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 a Green Dot money card be purchased and the card number must be provided to the caller. Victims also have been required to send money via a Western Union MoneyGram.
  • IRS Tax Warrant: Callers will claim to be an agent from the Internal Revenue Service calling about a past-due balance. The callers will tell the victims that unless the debt is paid immediately, they will send a team to the victims' home to arrest them. The scammers also request the tax warrant be paid with a Green Dot money card or MoneyGram.
  • Jury Duty Warrant: Callers will claim to be a police officer or warrant officer from the county or state claiming to have a warrant for the victims for failing to report for jury duty. The scammers also claim unless a fine is immediately paid, police will be sent to the victims' home to arrest them. The scammers will request that the warrant be paid with a Green Dot money card or MoneyGram.
  • Delinquent Con Edison Bill: Callers will claim to be a representative of Con Edison. The scammers may have the victims' Con Edison account numbers. The scammers will advise the residents their Con Edison bill is past due and must be paid immediately to avoid termination of service. The scammers will request that the delinquent bill be paid with a Green Dot money card or MoneyGram.
Residents are reminded no government agency will ever demand a fine be paid via Western Union or prepaid debit card.

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