Police are looking for a man who calls victims, claiming to be a police officer investigating an issue with their bank accounts, meets with them and gets them to hand off large amounts of money. Michael George reports.
Police are looking for a man who impersonates a police officer and preys on elderly New Yorkers -- nearly all women, some in their 90s -- persuading them to give him money for his investigation into their bank accounts.
The NYPD says the man has robbed at least two dozen elderly people since 2011, from the Upper East Side to the Rockaways. He stole more than $300,000, police say.
His victims have ranged in age from 73 to 98, police say. Six were in their 90s. One was a man.
In the scam, the suspect calls the victims and claims to be a police officer working on an investigation into their bank accounts.
He tells them he needs money from their accounts as part of the investigation. They arrange to meet, and the victims give him "large sums of money," police say.
The first known victim, an 83-year-old woman, was targeted in June 2011 on the Upper West Side. The most recent was last month, a 77-year-old woman on the Upper East Side.
The suspect has targeted women in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.