An Upper West Side elderly man was scammed out of nearly $10,000 by a person saying that his son was under arrest and needed to pay bail, police said on Tuesday. This is the second such crime that has occurred in the past few weeks.
On September 15, a 74-year-old man was in his apartment, when he received a call from a man stating that his son had been arrested, but that he could not talk to him, police said. The scam artist “coerced the victim under false promise to turn over $9,500 dollars to him in the vicinity of West 62nd Street and Riverside Boulevard,” a police report said. The 74-year-old’s son was never under arrest, though, and the man who collected the money fled the Upper West Side street in an unknown direction.
This recent scam comes a few weeks after 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 also needed $9,500 for bail money, police said.
The scam artist sent a courier to pick up the money the next day, which the woman handed over, police said.
Anyone with information in regard to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).