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Ardsley Village Manager Warns Residents Of Phone, E-Mail Scams

Phone and e-mail scams often target the elderly and summer vacationers.
Phone and e-mail scams often target the elderly and summer vacationers. Photo Credit: Bing/India News

ARDSLEY, N.Y. - Village of Ardsley Manager George Calvi posted a message to the community Thursday warning residents about telephone and Internet con games.

Calvi related an incident in which an elderly resident received a phone call stating that her grandson was in jail and in need of bail money. "With so many loved ones traveling this time of year, it can be very disconcerting to receive a phone call such as the one recently received by an elderly Ardsley resident," Calvi said. "The caller instructed the relative to send $2,750.00 via Western Union.  Luckily our resident was smart enough to contact her grandson, and found that he was home safe." According to Calvi, various scams have been circulating for the last several years both by phone and the Internet. "The people  behind these scams can be very convincing and pretty threatening," Calvi said.  "They prey particularly on the elderly, but any trusting soul can fall for this scam. Candidly, little can be done about these scams many of which originate overseas." Calvi further advised anyone receiving one of these "pleas for help," not to release any personal or financial information whatsoever. More importantly, check with family and friends and find out where the"relative in need" truly is. Anyone confronted with this problem should not hesitate to contact the Ardsley Police Desk at 693-1700.

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