New phone scam targeting Montgomery County

WNYT Staff
Created: February 17, 2020 05:32 AM

There's a new wave of phone scams in the Capital Region.

According to police in Fonda, a woman told them that a man called claiming to be her son. He asked for $7,000 dollars in bail money.   


He said he was in a car accident, but he couldn't talk well because of the injuries and was now in jail in Boston. It worked, the woman took out money at the bank.    

Then, a different person claiming to be a lawyer told her to fax over the transfer receipt, so they could access the money and save her son, or son-in-law, from jail time. Luckily, the woman couldn't figure out how to use the fax machine. 

Deputies say if you see a number that you don't recognize, don't answer. Scammers can change their phone numbers to make them look like legitimate calls, so make sure you verify who you are talking to.

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