NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police have arrested a woman linked to one case of a scam of senior citizens this summer in which victims are told a family member is in urgent need of bail money.
Investigators say 25-year-old Maria Adames of Copiague, N.Y., has been arrested for grand larceny following an incident on May 29.
Police say a man called an 88-year-old woman and claimed to be her grandson involved in a car crash and in which a pregnant woman was injured. The caller gave her a phone number alleged to be his lawyer and urged her to call for help.
The victim was then told over the phone to pay $9,800 for bail and $1,200 to keep the arrest off his criminal record. An unknown woman arrived at the victim’s residence and picked up the money.
Help us identify this suspect #wanted for 2 phone scam incidents. A suspect calls elderly victims, states their grandson is arrested, & then demands cash for bail money, which is picked up in person by this female at victims home.
— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) July 26, 2019
On May 2, police said a 78-year-old woman got a call from someone claiming to be a lawyer who said her grandson had been arrested and she would need to send $8,700 for his release.
On July 12, authorities said an 85-year-old woman received a call from a man claiming to be a public defender who wanted $1,600 for her grandson.
Anyone who knows someone who may have been a victim of a similar scam is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by Tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.