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Police Warn Westchester Residents Of Phone Scams

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Police are warning Westchester residents of ongoing telephone scams that have affected residents.

Residents are reminded that no government agency will ever demand a fine to be paid via Western Union or pre-paid debit card.

Residents are asked to beware of the following scams:

“Grandchild in Jail": In this scam, the caller will claim to be a friend or relative that got into trouble or was involved in an accident in another country (often Mexico, Canada or one of the Caribbean Islands) and needs money to get out of jail. In some cases the scammer will claim to be a police officer, saying their child/grandchild has been arrested and needs to have money sent to them for bail.

"IRS Tax Warrant": The caller will claim to be an agent or police officer from the Internal Revenue Service calling about a past due tax balance that is owed. The caller will tell the victim that unless the debt is paid immediately, they will send a team of officers to the victim’s home to immediately arrest them.

"Jury Duty Warrant": The caller will claim to be a police officer or a warrant officer from Westchester County or New York State claiming to have a warrant for the victim for failing to report for jury duty. The scammer will also claim that unless the fine is paid immediately, the police will be sent to the victim’s home to arrest them.

“Delinquent Con Edison Bill": The caller will claim to be a representative of Con Edison. In some cases the scammer has the victim’s correct Con Edison Account Number. The scammer will then advise the resident that their Con Edison bill is past due and must be paid immediately to avoid termination of service.

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