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Police Warn of Phone Scams

Credit: File Photo
Credit: File Photo
Police are warning of a phone scam in which individuals are issuing false statements to Nassau County residents, and tricking them to send money.

These "scammers" are posing as representatives of government agencies, utilities, organizations that issue prizes or kidnapped or arrested family members.

In the last week, both Port Washington and Glen Cove police have issued warnings in their communities about the phone scammers. 

“We are getting at least two of these scams reported to us a week," said Glen Cove Police's Lt. John Nagle. 

"Sometimes victims are being scammed out of thousands of dollars,” he added.
 
Police say legitimate agencies and companies will never call by phone and ask to be sent money by Green Dot MoneyPak, MoneyGram, Western Union, and other prepaid card or money transfer company. 

Residents ask residents to report suspicious activity by calling 911. 
Kalexander June 04, 2014 at 03:07 PM
I got a call last night from a 516 area code claiming to be the police department raising money.
Arlz June 05, 2014 at 09:18 AM
There are also calls from an agency claiming to be the US Treasury saying money is owed (an unusual amount); it is a criminal matter and one needs an attorney. They do not stop calling.

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