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Fake cop targeting seniors in bank scam

Queens residents among 24 stung

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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:30 am

The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in locating a man who has impersonated a police officer to scam 24 senior citizens out of various sums of money in four boroughs since June 3, 2011.

Police said the man calls victims saying that he is a police officer working on an investigation concerning the victims’ bank accounts.

The suspect, described by police as a black man, says he needs money from their accounts to assist him in his investigation.

The victims then meet the suspect and hand off what the NYPD has termed “large sums of money” to the man.

All of the victims have ranged in age from 77 to 98 years old. Twenty-three of the victims have been women.

The suspect has struck 17 times in Manhattan, including 13 times in the 19th Precinct.

But he also has struck twice in Queens in 2013, conning an 89-year-old woman on Jan. 19 in the 105th Precinct, and an 86-year-old woman on May 15 in the 100th Precinct.

Three incidents took place in the Bronx and two more in Brooklyn.

The man last struck on Nov. 21 in Manhattan.

Jackie Eradiri, director of the Ridgewood Older Adult Center, said seniors can be more vulnerable to such crimes.

“We have the crime prevention officer from the 104th Precinct come in regularly to talk to our seniors about the latest crimes and scams, and how to protect themselves,” Eradiri said in a telephone interview on Friday. “She was just here today talking about protecting yourself from burglaries and while you are traveling.”

The NYPD is asking that anyone with information on the identity of the scam suspect or his whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public also can submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are kept strictly confidential.

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