Police: NYC man used phone scam to bilk $10K from Yonkers grandmaPosted: Updated:
A Manhattan man was arrested this week after allegedly using a telephone scam on a 75-year-old Yonkers grandmother – bilking her out of $10,000.
Police arrested 31-year-old Freddy Fermine, of Manhattan, and charged him with grand larceny.
They say Fermine used an untraceable number to call the unidentified victim, saying that her grandson was in a Dominican Republic jail and needed money to be bailed out.
Authorities say the aggressive scammer convinced the grandmother to go to Western Union and wire $980. She then received another call shortly thereafter and wired another $965.
Then another call came in - this time the alleged scammer asked for $8,500. At that point, it was too late to wire the money, so Fermine allegedly volunteered to have a so-called agent pick the cash up from the woman's home.
The grandmother then called police after receiving another call asking for $5,600. When the suspect arrived for that money, he was arrested.
Police are urging senior citizens to be vigilant when receiving suspicious phone calls.