CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- Several instances of fraud have been committed against town residents, prompting police to issue a "fraud alert" on the Clarkstown Police Department Facebook page.
The incidents are being investigated and have allegedly been done by suspects outside the country, according to police.
The FBI and the IRS have been trying to bring these fugitives to justice, said police.
Every Friday, under the heading, hashtag "fraudfriday," a case will be posted on the page that has occurred in each town to bring the public's attention to the various kinds of fraud taking place, said police.
The public is asked to read and share the information with family and friends, said police.
Citizens are reminded that "no government agency demands payment with gift cards and any company demanding payment with a gift card" and that these activities should be considered "suspect," according to police.
One of these incidents is posted on the page of a female victim who was defrauded out of $2,000 after someone called her from a company that does business outside the United States, claiming it had helped her with computer issues in the past and she was due a refund.
Ultimately, the victim, who told the caller her bank accounts are not linked to the internet, gave remote access to the individuals so he could help her set up online access to her bank's checking and savings accounts.