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Bail Hoax, Missing Wallet With $1,000 Top Mount Kisco Police Report

Westchester County police received a call from a village resident who reported being targeted by phone scammers. They also were able to return a lost wallet, containing $1,000 in cash, to its owner.
Westchester County police received a call from a village resident who reported being targeted by phone scammers. They also were able to return a lost wallet, containing $1,000 in cash, to its owner. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- A Mount Kisco man was the target of a recent phone scam, Westchester County police said.

The unidentified village resident called authorities on Friday, Aug. 12, to report that had received a call from someone claiming that a female relative of his had been arrested for driving while intoxicated and needed bail money.

This is known as the “grandparents scam” because con artists typically get senior citizens to send or wire money using the “distressed loved one” tactic.

Consumer groups advise victims of the scam to file a complaint with their local police department and the Federal Trade Commission.

Visit the FTC’s website at www.consumer.ftc.gov , or call its toll-free number, (877)-382-4357.

On a more uplifting note, police were able to return a lost wallet to its owner.

An employee of a cleaning company found the wallet while working at an office building on South Bedford Road. She bought it to police headquarters on Green Street on Wednesday, Aug. 10, authorities said.

The wallet contained $1,000 in cash, credit cards and personal papers.

Police were able to locate its owner and return the wallet.

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