A man has duped two dozen elderly victims from across the city out of large amounts of money using a scam where he impersonates a police officer, cops said.
The suspect targeted the victims, ranging in age from 73 to 93 years old, between June 2011 and late November, the NYPD said.
All of the victims, except one, have been women and are from Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx.
The suspect calls the victims claiming to be a cop involved in an investigation dealing with the victims’ bank accounts, police said. He then says he needs money from the accounts to “assist in the investigation.” The victims then meet the suspect and hand over the cash, according to police.
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