By Gus Saltonstall
An Upper West Side grandmother was scammed out of nearly $10,000 by a person pretending to be her grandson, police said on Wednesday.
On Aug. 23, a 78-year-old woman was in her apartment at West 62nd Street, when she received a call from a man pretending to be her grandson stating that he needed $9,500 for bail money, police said.
The scam artist said he would send a courier to pick up the money the next day, which the woman agreed to, police said.
A man arrived the following day in a white Toyota with a New York plate reading T753385C, NYPD noted. The 78-year-old Upper West Sider was able to snap a picture of the man with her cellphone, which she then submitted to the NYPD, police said.
Authorities described the suspect as 25 to 35 years old.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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