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Three men tried to extort $80,000 in ‘grandparents scam,’ police say

first_imgPalm Beach County Sheriff’s Office(NEW YORK) — Police arrested three men who allegedly tried to extort $80,000 from an elderly man in a so-called grandparents scam.The suspects, identified as Leevansky Lambert and Eghosasere Auboraye, of Florida, and Keon Smith, of Maryland, were arrested on Saturday for allegedly targeting elderly people in what authorities are calling a “grandparents scam,” according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.The men allegedly scammed 78-year-old Norman Geller, of New York, by pretending to be his grandson “Austin,” whom they claimed was in a car accident and in need of money.Police said one of the men contacted the victim via phone last Tuesday, claiming to be Austin’s attorney and instructed the victim to send $9,800 via FedEx to a Florida address to bail out his grandson, according to an arrest warrant.“Geller received another phone call which he was informed that one of the passengers in the vehicle were pressing charges and they needed more money,” according to the warrant.Geller said he received another call and was told to send an additional $18,000 via FedEx to another Florida address, according to the warrant. He was contacted two more times and asked to send $30,200 and $22,000 to other Florida addresses, the warrant said.“Geller received another phone call which he was informed that one of the passengers in the vehicle were pressing charges and they needed more money,” the warrant said. “Geller was told that he needed to send $32,000 or else Austin would have a warrant out for his arrest.”The victim said he sent a total of $80,000 in four separate FedEx shipments. Police managed to recover some of the money.Investigators with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said they caught the suspects by staking out one of the delivery addresses.Lambert, 22, Auboraye, 24, and Smith, 24, were charged with grand theft over $20,000, burglary of a dwelling and conspiracy to commit extortion. It’s unclear if they’ve obtained attorneys. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

 

Growing number of scammers trying to get unemployment benefits

first_img Facebook WhatsApp (Photo Supplied/State of Massachusetts Government) A growing number of scammers are using other people’s identities to claim unemployment benefits, according to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.The scammers are stealing personal information such as birthdates, Social Security numbers, and home addresses and routing payments to accounts over which the scammers have control.“These deceivers steal the identities of others, who are generally employed, in order to file fraudulent claims,” Attorney General Hill said. “If someone uses your name in this fashion, you may learn about it from your employer or from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, which processes unemployment claims. In many cases, payments may already have been regularly deposited into someone else’s account by the time you learn of the fraud.”Between Oct. 18 and Nov. 18, the Office of the Attorney General received 157 complaints of unemployment-related identity theft.Attorney General Hill said scammers appear to be targeting the identities of people they know are busy working during the coronavirus pandemic, such as doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers.If you learn that your identity has been stolen and used in a claim for unemployment benefits, you should report it to the Office of the Attorney General.You should also report the incident to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Finally, you should file a report with local police and the Indiana State Police, which offers a form that can be filled out and emailed to [email protected] Facebook Pinterest Pinterest By Network Indiana – November 25, 2020 0 258 WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Twitter Google+ Growing number of scammers trying to get unemployment benefits IndianaLocalMichiganNews Previous articleThe Gift Of Lights holiday event returning to the Potawatomi ZooNext articleHoward Park Ice Trail and Pond to reopen on Friday Network Indianalast_img read more

 

Thai rider places 2nd at FEI Eventing Championship

first_imgThe FEI Asia Continental Eventing Championship 2017 took place from 7 – 10 December at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club in Pattaya.Thai equestrian Somjai Sanhom rode to second place in the FEI Asia Continental Eventing Championship in Pattaya, which was a qualifier for the Southeast Asian Games for the Thai team.Saeed Hamad M.S. Al Rashidi of Qatar took first place in the Dec. 7-10 competition at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club. Yu Xuan Su of Hong Kong took third.The championship was the sole FEI regional eventing competition in Asia and was inaugurated in 2013. It also awarded qualifying points for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Catrin Norinder, director, eventing & Olympics for the International Equestrian Federation, said at a Dec. 7 press conference at the Movenpick Siam Hotel that 47 riders from seven countries entered the competition.last_img read more