CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- After numerous residents have fallen victim to various frauds and scams, the Clarkstown Police Department are alerting residents to the crimes by starting #FraudFriday on their Facebook page .
Each Friday, the department will post a recent case that occurred in town with the hopes of making the public aware of the different types of frauds.
They are asking residents to read the reports and share with family and friends.
They are also reminding residents that no government agency demands payment with gift cards and any company demanding payment with a gift card should be considered suspect.
This week's #FraudFriday involves a female victim reported to the police that she was a business owner of a new business that had just opened in West Nyack.
She stated that during business hours she received a phone call from a blocked number. The male voice on the other end didn't identify himself but asked to speak to the manager of the new business. The male voice informed her that she had to pay for her business inspection and that the payment had never been received.
The victim is a first-time business owner and wasn't too sure what the male was talking about, so she gave the caller a card number to a TD Bank gift card to pay for the "inspection fee".
Later that afternoon, the unknown male called back and told the victim that the card number wasn't activated and that she would have to provide another card number or she was going to lose her inspection.
This time the victim provided the number to her Chase Bank debit card. The male caller provided her with a confirmation number. The victim tried to retrieve the phone number on her caller ID but all that was provided was "8934".
The victim started to get suspicious about the phone call because no one had followed up to make an appointment with her for the inspection so she contacted Chase Bank to see if there had been any activity on her account and she learned that $1,200 had been withdrawn from her account.
The victim never authorized this transaction. As a result, she had the account frozen and reported the fraud to Chase Customer Protection, who in turn advised her to make a report with her local police department.
Visit the department's Facebook page each Friday for an update.