ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. - Police in Clarkstown are warning local residents to be vigilant and wary of scammers after an 86-year-old man was scammed out of nearly $20,000.
Members of the Clarkstown Police Department were recently dispatched to a New City home recently, where the man reported that he had been the victim of fraud.
According to police, the male victim told police that he received a phone call from an employee at Key Bank in New City, advising him that an apparently fraudulent check had been written for $19,810 from his checking account.
The man told police that he had not authorized, nor did he sign the check, which was paid to an unknown female suspect. Police said that the victim also said that the signature on the check was not his and that he was still in possession of the check that had been used.
Bank officials advised that the check transaction was completed electronically, and the man is in the process of following up with Key Bank to recoup the funds.
Police said that “(they’ve) seen an increase in these fraudulent checks. One way to combat the problem is to constantly check your accounts and report any irregularities to the bank immediately.”
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