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Cops seek scammer who
has stolen thousands of
dollars from elderly residents
in citywide scheme
Th e NYPD is looking for the man
behind a citywide scheme to scam elderly
folks into handing over tens of thousands
Th e scam, which has been run in
Auburndale in Queens, Yorkville in
Manhattan and Concord in Staten Island,
involves a phone call to an elderly individual,
a plea for money from someone pretending
to be related to the victim and a
courier to collect the money, according
to the police. In all, the wanted individual
has made off with more than $100,000.
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, a 77-year-old
woman in the vicinity of Radcliff Road
and Briarcliff Road in Concord received a
call from someone she believed to be her
nephew around 11 a.m.
Th e caller said that he had
been arrested, and needed
money for bail. Th e
woman went to a bank,
withdrew $12,000 and
handed it over to a courier
back at her home,
according to the authorities.
About a week later,
on Nov. 2, an 81-yearold
woman in Yorkville
got a call from someone
who claimed to be her
grandson around 4 p.m.
Th e grandson told the
woman that he wanted
her to speak to her lawyer
and she agreed, cops
say. A man claiming to be
a criminal defense lawyer
told the woman that he’d
need $30,600 to protect
her grandson from facing
Th e woman complied and agreed to
hand the money over to a courier, who
arrived at her door later in the day.
But the scam wasn’t over.
The person posing as the lawyer
called back and requested an additional
$33,600 from the woman,
claiming her grandson needed money
for rehab and medical expenses. The
woman agreed, the courier returned,
and the scammer made off with a total
On Nov. 8, around 10 a.m., an 81-yearold
Auburndale man received a call from
an unidentifi ed man claiming to be a lawyer
representing the elderly man’s grandson,
according to the NYPD. Th e lawyer
asked that the victim mail him $12,500
but also off ered to have a courier come
get the cash.
Th e courier later arrived at the victim’s
home and took the money. But the
scam continued, as the 81-year-old man
received another call and another request
for $12,500 to be sent in the mail to
Georgia. Th e man complied.
Th e investigation into grand larceny is
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Police searching for man
who masturbated on E
train in Forest Hills
Th e NYPD is looking for a man who
masturbated in front of a woman on an E
train in Forest Hills last week.
Around 8:40 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 24,
a 31-year-old woman was traveling on a
north-bound E train when a man stood in
front of her and began combing his beard
with a knife as the train approached the
Forest Hills station, according to authorities.
She then noticed that the man was
touching his genitals over his pants. A few
moments later, the man sat down next to
the woman, put his hands in his pants and
began to masturbate, police said.
Anyone with information in regard
to this incident is asked to call the
NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-
577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-
57-PISTA (74782). Th e public can also
submit their tips by logging onto the
CrimeStoppers website at WWW.