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22 May 2019
Florida Woman charged with scamming an elderly couple out of $40,000
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Philip T. Rougeux
Troop D Commander
On May 20, 2019, State Police in Oneida arrested 28-year-old, Angie Rios from 8303 NW 5th Avenue in Miami, Florida after an arrest warrant was issued by Madison County Court Judge Patrick O’Sullivan.
Rios surrendered herself to State Police and was charged with (1) count of Grand Larceny 3rd degree (D-felony). The arrest is the result of a complainant filed in November 2018 by an elderly couple in the village of Hamilton who had received a phone call advising them that their grandson was incarcerated in jail. To ensure his release, they were told to wire $40,000.00 for his bail. Rios was the recipient of the monetary funds which was ultimately deposited into her bank account in the State of Florida.
Rios was arraigned in the village of Hamilton Court and remanded to the Madison County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash/ $20,000 bond. She is due to return to court on May 24, 2019 at 1:00pm.
State Police urge anyone victimized in similar incidents to contact the New York Office of the Attorney General at 1-800-771-7755 and to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online at ftc.gov/complaint or call 877-382-4357.
Here are some tips if you receive a call like this:
Verify an Emergency
If someone calls or sends a message claiming to be a family member or a friend desperate for money:
Scammers Use Tricks
They impersonate your loved one convincingly.
It’s surprisingly easy for a scam artist to impersonate someone. Social networking sites make it easier than ever to sleuth out personal and family information. Scammers also could hack into the e-mail account of someone you know. To make their story seem legitimate, they may involve another crook who claims to be an authority figure, like a lawyer or police officer.
They play on your emotions.
Scammers are banking on your love and concern to outweigh your skepticism. In one version of this scam, con artists impersonate grandchildren in distress to trick concerned grandparents into sending money. Sometimes, this is called a “Grandparent Scam.”
They swear you to secrecy.
Con artists may insist that you keep their request for money confidential – to keep you from checking out their story and identifying them as imposters. Victims of this scam often don’t realize they’ve been tricked until days later when they speak to their actual family member or friend who knows nothing about the “emergency.” By then, the money they sent can't be recovered.
They insist that you wire money right away.
Scammers pressure people into wiring money because it’s like sending cash – once it’s gone, you can’t trace it or get it back. Imposters encourage using money transfer services so they can get your money before you realize you’ve been scammed.
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