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Police warn of bail scams

February 5, 2011
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

LAKE PLACID - At least two restaurants here received calls this week from a scammer claiming to be with local law enforcement and saying a restaurant employee needed bail money.

No businesses have fallen prey to the trick yet, according to a press release from village police. The caller told the businesses he couldn't tell them the person's name but described the person. Police said the caller "generically describes a male or female with average height and weight."

The caller then gives a random dollar amount and asks the businesses to send the money, quickly, to a Western Union account.

Another variety of the scam, according to police, involves the scammer targeting senior citizens, posing as Canadian law enforcement and saying the victim's grandson is under arrest and needs bail.

"Preying on the sympathy of grandparents, he requests a high dollar amount be sent Western Union to an account for his bail and fine," police wrote.

Village police said someone who receives a call that sounds legitimate should ask for a call-back number, a name and a badge number, and verify it with local law enforcement. Anyone who is a victim of a scam is asked to report it to local law enforcement.


Contact Nathan Brown at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or



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