NYPD: Man posing as cop scammed $420,000 from elderly New York City women
A man posing as a police officer scammed some $420,000 from two dozen victims, targeting mostly elderly women, in New York City since 2011, the NYPD said.
The man called the victims and said he was a police officer involved in an investigation concerning their bank account, explaining he needed money from the account to assist in that investigation.
Police said victims would then meet the man and give him large sums of money.
The first incident was in June 2011 on the Upper West Side, and the most recent was this November in the Upper East Side.
Investigators believe the man targeted elderly women. Of two dozen incidents reported to police, only one victim, an 85-year-old man, was not female. The youngest victim was 73 years old, and the oldest victim was a 98-year-old woman targeted last month.
Police are hoping to identify the suspect using surveillance footage of that incident, which occurred on Nov. 18 on the Upper East Side.
Cops ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online.
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