Man arrested for taking $40K from woman, 95, in phone scam on Long Island

Nassau County Police
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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A man was arrested Wednesday after officials said he took over $40,000 from a 95-year-old woman through a phone scheme on Long Island.

Nassau County Police said the victim received a call on Monday from an individual claiming to be her grandson and claiming he needed $8,500 for bail because he had been arrested.

Later, a man arrived at the woman's Farmingdale home and took the money.

The victim was contacted via telephone twice the following day and was told more money was needed, according to officials.



A man arrived on two separate occasions that day to pick up an envelope containing $12,000 and $20,000, police said.

The woman then realized she was the victim of an "elder scam" and contacted the police to file a report.

On Wednesday, the victim was again contacted by someone stating an additional $14,000 was needed, authorities said.

When the man arrived at the location to pick up the money, he was arrested by authorities.

Officials charged 27-year-old Misael Romero, of Manhattan with third-degree attempted grand larceny.