Suffolk County police are warning residents of a telephone scam that urges the wiring of money to a family member in trouble.
This type of telephone trickery has been reported across the nation, and Suffolk police said they are aware of several similar incidents locally during the past few years, according to a news release Thursday by the department.
The scam involves a victim getting a call from someone claiming they know a member of the victim's family who is in trouble and needs money.
The caller urges the victim to wire money without verifying the family member's whereabouts, the release said.
The caller also can tell the victim the family member has been in a motor vehicle crash or has been arrested and needs money for bail, police said.
"Investigations have determined that the victims are often randomly selected and the caller is usually able to convince the target that the scenario is real," the news release said.
Residents should independently verify the threatened relative's whereabouts and should refuse to disclose any personal information to the caller, police said.
To report such phone calls to Suffolk police, residents can call 631-852-2677.