NYPD phone scam

Steve Burns

Just Hang Up: NYPD Warns Of Sophisticated Phone Scam Targeting New Yorkers

April 30, 2019 - 2:41 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The NYPD is warning people about a phone scam where the callers claim to be from the Social Security Administration.

The scam is making the rounds across the city, and as WCBS 880's Steve Burns reports, Capt. Michael Gandolfi knows the scam all too well.

Gandolfi's parents were victms of this scam when they got a call saying their son was under arrest and was involved in a car accident because he was texting and driving and injured a pregnant woman, Burns reported. 

He said his parents ended up giving the scammers almost $30,000. "Some of these scammers are just so good that it's worth repeating," Gandolfi said. He suggests following the NYPD's new slogan for this scam, "Just hang up" -- even if the caller ID says they're from the NYPD or the SSA.

That is called spoofing.

"When the scam is complete and people realize they've been scammed, they are embarrassed and ashamed and they don't tell people about what happened," Deputy Inspector Jessica Corey said.

They need to tell people about it as soon as possible so police can investigate, Corey added.

Last year there were three victims of this particular scam, this year there are 230, Corey said.

There has been more than $2 million total lost to scammers, Burns reported.