Elderly Lawrence Man Phone Scammed Out of Over $296,000, According to Police


Cops: 76 year-old victim received a phone call from a person falsely claiming to work for the Social Security Administration.

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The Robbery Squad reports the details of a Grand Larceny that occurred on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Lawrence.
According to detectives, a 76 year-old male victim received a phone call from an unknown person identifying himself as working for the Social Security Administration. The subject stated there was fraudulent activity under the victim’s name and he was being investigated. The subject told the victim that he should transfer all of his money into several different accounts and other funds that the subject provided, to which the victim complied. In total approximately $296,000.00 in US currency was transferred. The victim later found out his money was no longer available and contacted police. The incident is under investigation.
Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
The Nassau County Police Department will continue to educate all residents about crimes, especially those against the elderly at our educational forums. We remind all residents that they should call 911 immediately if they are contacted by any individual requesting that they send money.