Tuckahoe police are warning dating site users of a scam that’s victimized at least two people in the area in the last week.
During the first scam, which was reported on July 15, the woman told the man that she worked for Chase Bank and she could offer him banking incentives if he opened an account.
He gave her $5,000 and she claimed she would go to the local branch around the corner but never came back, police said.
The second scam, which was reported three days later, a woman told the victim that she was an investor and deposited $1,600 into his account. She told him to buy several gift cards with the money and relay to the suspect the security numbers on the back of cards via text, police said.
Days later, police said the bank told the victim that he had overdrawn his account because the check the suspect deposited online had bounced for insufficient funds. The female suspect stopped responding to his messages after the transaction, police said.
Tuckahoe detectives are working on both cases and “hope to have a resolution shortly.”
“But we strongly advise everyone to be certain you trust the person when dealing with your money,” Tuckahoe police said. “Scam artists are using dating sites to target victims at a rising rate.”