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Ederly Targeted in Money Scam

Buffalo Police are warning residents in the North Buffalo area of a money scam that appears to be targeting the elderly. Police confirm a recent incident where an elderly woman was scammed out of over $4,000.00. Police suspect the operation works this way:

  • Individuals may be observing you as you go to the bank.
  • The suspect or suspects will then call the home saying they work for the "Special Fraud Unit" from the Holding Center. Residents should be aware, that there is NO such unit.
  • The suspect or suspects will then ask you, if you just cashed a check? They will then tell you, that the money is fake and that they need to come and get that money.

Buffalo Police are warning residents to be aware of this scam. If you receive a call like this, you should call 9-1-1 immediately. If you have received a call like this or have any information regarding this scam, you're asked to call the "D" District Police Station on Hertel Avenue at 851-4413. If this has happened to you and live outside of the City of Buffalo, you should call 9-1-1 or your local police department.