A resident's mom and grandmother, who live in Maspeth, were almost scammed today. Luckily, the mom contacted her daughter with the following message and her daughter immediately recognized it as a scam.
Please folks, DO NOT believe anyone calling to say a relative is in jail or has been kidnapped or some other outrageous story. Some scammers say you owe taxes and must pay right away. These people are good at convincing people they are the real thing! Always check out the story before you react!! The 104th Precinct was notified about the incident. We're happy no one became a victim.
Roe Daraio, President
Comet Civic Association
Phone call scam
Grandma received a call from someone identifying himself as her grandson stating that he was in Florida and got into trouble and was in jail. A Sgt. Thomas Marks got on the phone and stated that he needed money for a court appearance. When Grandma said that she couldn't do that but that she would call me she was given a contact number. The number was 1-438-345-0135. After I couldn't reach anyone to validate his whereabouts, I called the number. The gentleman (Sgt. Thomas Marks) was very polite and professional and explained that my son was with a friend in Miami and some locals at the Hotel invited them to breakfast. They were all in a car and got pulled over for speeding and the police found a significant amount of drugs in the car. Since no one took responsibility for the drugs, they were all locked up. My son was interrogated and his story checked out but he needs to be released by a judge. The next court appearance would be in 6 weeks and there is a way that he can get out today but he needs $2000.00 for his court appearance and that money would be refunded. Actually it was $3,000.00 but my son has $1,000.00 of that money. I was instructed to go to an A&P in East Elmhurst and to get $2,000.00 on "Reload It A Convenient Way To Move Your Money" and I was to call back with the serial numbers from the cards and he would go before a judge and could come home today. The call-back number was 1-438-937-4574.
You know the rest of the story.