Flatbush Shomrim is warning residents of a bold new scam in which people come to your door and claim to be city workers seeking to prevent fraud, all in an attempt to obtain personal and sensitive information that they can later exploit.
Shomrim stated that they reacted to an incident where a scammer came up at a resident’s door with one of the residents’ names and bank account details and proceeded to press for more information.
The scammer claimed to be from the New York City Department of Aging, which she claimed was warned by the bank about suspicious activity on the resident’s connected account.
When questioned for identification, the fraudster said she had left it in her vehicle and continued to push the woman’s door open.
Flatbush Shomrim contacted the New York City Department of Aging, which established that no such program exists and that the occurrence was a hoax.
Shomrim is now warning Flatbush and beyond people to never let an unrecognized person inside her home, even if they claim to be helping you and have some of your personal information.
This is especially concerning for the elderly, who are the intended victims of this hoax.
If you observe anything suspicious, please call the Flatbush Shomrim 24-hour emergency hotline at 718-338-9797.