Deputies: Phone scams led to in-person cash exchange at people's homes

Deputies: Phone scams led to in-person cash exchange at people's homes Photo: News10NBC.

Updated: April 22, 2021 10:46 AM
Created: April 22, 2021 10:41 AM

GENESEE COUNTY, N.Y. (WHEC)—   The Genesee County Sheriffs Office Thursday issued a warning about a phone scam that has already led to a series of people meeting up and giving money to scammers who used a fake story.

According to deputies, a person was called Wednesday night by someone saying they were a family member who needed money for bail. The "relative" sent two people to the person's home under the guise of picking up the money, and the victim gave the two people cash.

Deputies say a second call was then made to the person in an attempt to get more money for bail, and the process was repeated.

The two men who went to the victims' home are described as a Hispanic man wearing a red and gray sweatsuit and a baseball cap, the other is described as a thin build white man with shoulder-length dirty blond hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black frayed jeans.

No car was described for the first man, but for the second, deputies say he was driving a white box-style van.

The sheriff's office says it is aware of at least two other incidents involving a similar call, though only one of those resulted in someone giving cash.

If you have any information or receive a similar call, you're asked to call Genesee County's non-emergency line at 585-343-5000, or dial 911 if it is an emergency. 

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