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Phone Scam Again Reported by Senior Citizen

October 05, 2017

Once again it has been reported that senior citizens are receiving calls from a scammer claiming to be a public defender in Albany County as part of a con targeting senior citizens.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy reported that the Albany County Public Defender’s office received a report about the scam from a caller in Pennsylvania. The caller represented himself as an attorney in the Public Defender’s office and went so far as to put his fake “grandson” on the line asking for help.  Phone scammers have targeted senior citizens and told them to go to local convenience stores to wire money or mail it. As a reminder, the Public Defender’s office does not call family members of those arrested, nor does the office take money to arrange for bond.

“Albany County does not and will not place calls asking anyone to wire money,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “This shameless attempt to prey on our most vulnerable citizens is unacceptable. We have alerted local law enforcement agencies about this scam.”

If you receive any such calls, do not send any money and call your local police department to report the incident.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy