Suffolk County Police are warning residents of telephone scams in which people are asked to wire money immediately for a family member the caller claims is in trouble.
Police said the caller attempts to pressure the victim to send money without verifying the family member’s whereabouts.
In one scenario, police said the caller claims that they have just been in a motor vehicle crash with a relative of the victim who refuses to pay for the damage. The caller claims to be holding the relative at gunpoint until the victim pays several thousand dollars.
Other scenarios may include the caller claiming a family member of the victim has been arrested and needs money for bail, or a family member owes someone money. The victim is asked to withdraw money from an ATM and the caller will guide them to an institution where they can wire money, police said.
Investigations by police have determined that the victims are often randomly selected and the caller is usually able to convince the target that the scenario is real.
Police advise residents to independently verify the threatened relative’s whereabouts and not to give out any personal information during the call. If someone receives a call of this nature, they are advised to call the Suffolk County Police Department for further investigation.
Police Seeking Suspect
Suffolk Crime Stoppers and Third Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the person they said is responsible for using stolen credit cards at two 7-Eleven stores in August.
According to police, the suspect walked into a 7-Eleven store located at 500 Islip Ave., in Islip Terrace, on August 9 at 2:35 a.m. and left with $200 in cash and $23 worth of items using a stolen credit card. The credit card was stolen in a burglary that occurred earlier that morning.
Later that morning, at 4:28 a.m., the person attempted to get cash at a 7-Eleven located on New York Avenue in Huntington, but the transaction was denied.
The suspect appears to be white, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, early 20s, with a medium build. The suspect was wearing a green and white striped hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and dark shoes.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.