Yonkers police are warning residents about a pair of scams that have been targeting people in the area.
One of the scams is hitting southwest Yonkers, where residents may have been receiving phone calls from people who claim to be with the IRS and who demand personal or payment information, city police said in a statement today.
No city residents have reported being victimized by that scam, police said, but people should be aware of the scheme. Police urge people not to give out personal, bank or credit card information over the phone unless they are absolutely certain they know that the call is from a legitimate organization.
Police suggest people hang up on suspicious callers. More information on that scam is available at irs.gov.
Another scam hitting the area, including two Tuckahoe residents who were victimized, involves online dating websites.
Police said scammers build relationships with people and pose as bank employees. The scammers tell people they can receive a bonus if the people open up bank accounts with them with a $5,000 cash deposit.
The scammer then sets up an appointment and sends out a proxy to get money from the victim, according to police, who said no Yonkers residents have reported being victims of this scheme.
Two Tuckahoe residents were recently victims of an online dating website scam, though. Village police said a man gave a woman he met online $5,000 to open a bank account, and after he gave her the money to go the local branch she never returned.
Another scammer told a Tuckahoe resident she deposited $1,600 into his bank account, and told him to buy gift cards with the money and text her the security numbers on the backs of the cards, police said. Days later, the bank told the victim that he had overdrawn his account because the check that the woman had deposited online had bounced.
Tuckahoe detectives are working on those cases.