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Police Search For Con Artists Who Stole $7,500 From 90-Year-Old Ravenswood Woman

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Aug. 16, 2018 By Tara Law

Police are searching for at least two men who conned a 90-year-old woman from Ravenswood Houses out of $7,500 in cash on Tuesday.

Police say that one of the men called the woman on her home phone at 9 a.m. on Aug. 14 and told her that he was her loved one and that he had been arrested following a car crash. He told her he needed money to be bailed out of jail.

He then handed the phone over to another man, who claimed to be the loved one’s lawyer. He told the elderly woman that he needed $7,500 in cash to bail her loved one out of jail.


A man arrived at the woman’s 36th Avenue apartment at 2:30 p.m. that day.

The man is described as a white and about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He took the woman’s cash and left.

It was later discovered that the woman’s loved one had not been in arrested and that he had never contacted the victim.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  

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This exact same thing happened to my aunt. He scammed thousands of dollars from her over the course of a week or so. Sad.


Unbelievable.Trying to imagine how that grown, able-bodied man could feel he “gained” anything when he faced that elderly lady handing him her savings. We all have grandmothers; hope she is ok, omg .


Hey Terry check Robert Mueller’s perp list funny thing they are all white. Crime my friend is equal opportunity. Sounds like you only see things one way.

Flushing Skeptic

A very minor nitpicking point; I wish you would not call them con “artists.” Con men, certainly, but not artists. “Scum” might be even more appropriate


Guys like this have called my senior citizen parents too. Luckily they didn’t fall for it and are now on guard against most phone scammers.
No doubt a terrible tragedy for someone living in the projects with very little chance of monetary recovery even if the scum perpetrators are caught.


This scam is also a common crime that targets elderly in Europe. I hear about it all the time when i watch ellastv.


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