Poughkeepsie City Police Warning Residents of Phone Scam
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – City of Poughkeepsie Police are warning the public to be aware of a telephone scam in which the caller tries to obtain funds from the potential victim in order to help out a relative.
Police said the scammers call prospective victims and tell them that a loved one was either involved in an accident or has been arrested. They then try to solicit funds for medical care, lawyer fees, or bail to be wired via Western Union.
According to police, the callers try to obtain information regarding the loved ones from the victim by asking leading questions such as “Do you have a relative that drives?” or “What kind of car does he/she operate?”
Police warn that if you receive a call informing you that a relative has been in an accident or arrested, do not provide any personal information about yourself or loved ones. Instead, take the caller’s information (if they will provide it) and contact Poughkeepsie City Police at 845-451-4000. Do not wire any money.