YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers police are asking residents to be wary of exchanging money over the phone after a resident was the victim of fraud, police officials said late Thursday.
According to officials, the resident reported the person on the phone used his grandson's name, saying he had been arrested elsewhere and needed a large sum of money to pay a lawyer to get him out of jail.
The resident was directed to go to several pharmacies and purchase "Green Dot Money Paks," which he did.
He was then directed over the telephone to give the code on the "paks," to a person claiming to be his grandson's attorney, according to officials.
Officials said the resident then realized the call was fraudulent, and that his grandson was never arrested.
Yonkers Police are asking residents to be wary of these type of calls and contact the police department immediately if they suspect they have received such a call.