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Nassau police warn of telephone scam

Nassau County police are looking for victims of a telephone scam that seeks money in exchange for the safety of a family member.

Police said in a Monday news release that they have investigated several instances of the scam, which threatens family members or intimates that a family member has been kidnapped or involved in a serious accident.

In two recent investigations, a male caller with a Spanish accent states that a family member will be seriously harmed if a money transfer is not made, police said.

The news release said police are alerting residents of the scam and ask that they report any similar incidents.

Victims of the scam can report cases by calling 911 immediately or by calling Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All calls will remain anonymous.

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