Mineola - (WALK) Telephone scammers are on the line and looking to loot Long Islanders, according to police in Nassau County. Police issued warnings Thursday about three common cons currently targeting our region.
In one scheme, callers claim to represent utility companies or federal agencies, and insist their potential victims owe money. The caller suggests victims can avoid arrest, foreclosure or the loss of service if they make payment using "Green Dot" cards or Western Union.
In another scam a caller insists the potential victim missed jury duty, or that a family-member is experiencing a dire, financial emergency. The caller than presses for money through Green Dot or Western Union to help the victim's loved-one.
Police also warn of scams where callers congratulate their potential victims for winning large sums of money, or send the victim a partial bank check for supposed-winnings, but then demand up-front payments for "processing" before the full sum can be claimed.
If you believe your are the target of an attempted telephone scam, call 911 immediately, say police. Police also say anyone with information leading to the arrest of telephone cons may be eligible for a cash reward. Call Nassau Police Crime Stoppers: 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain anonymous.