MAMARONECK TOWN, N.Y. - Mamaroneck Police Department Lt. Paul Creazzo is warning residents, especially college students, to watch out for scams. This comes in the wake of a report by a 21 year-old female college student of a scam that reportedly cost her several thousand dollars.
Creazzo said the victim realized much later her money was taken. She reported the incident happened in November but did not come to the police until Dec. 5.
According to Creazzo, the victim was fooled by a popular ruse. She was told she would be given a certain amount of money, in the form of a check, to deliver to another party. The student would then be compensated with a portion of the delivered money. However, after depositing the money she was given, she was to take money out of her own account to give to the other party. The scam is complete when the check bounces and the victim is left with a huge hole in their bank account.
Creazzo explains residents should ask questions and be aware. In this case, he said, the victim failed to ask a vital question. “If someone sent you a check, why would they immediately tell you to withdraw money to send to someone else? Why wouldn't they just send them the money,” he said. “It’s not logical.”
The incident still is being investigated.
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