Nassau police warn of telephone scams

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Nassau County police are warning of a new take on an old scam: phone solicitors who try to convince call recipients to make payments using Green Dot cards or Western Union.

The caller will claim an individual owes unpaid taxes or has unpaid utility bills.

In some cases, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said Tuesday, the caller will claim the recipient has missed jury duty or that a family member was in an auto accident -- or has even been kidnapped or held hostage.

Additional scams advise people they've won large sums of money, been approved for a loan or grant, and in some cases, authorities said, the call recipient might even receive a partial check for winnings that appear legitimate.

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All they need to do is pay a processing fee.

They're all scams, according to officials.

Authorities are asking anyone who receives such a call -- or, this type of request -- to call 911 and report it to police.

"These scams cost honest citizens thousands of unrecoverable dollars," police said Tuesday in an advisory.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding such scams to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

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