Florida woman accused of scamming elderly Madison County couple out of $40k

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HAMILTON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A Florida woman has been arrested after State Police say she scammed an elderly Madison County couple out of $40,000.

State Police say 28-year-old Angie Rios got the money from her victims using the popular “grandparent scam.” 

The couple, living in the village of Hamilton, received a phone call telling them that their grandson was arrested and to ensure his release, they needed to wire $40,000 for his bail.

Rios allegedly transferred those funds into her personal bank account in Florida.

She turned herself in to State Police and has been charged with third-degree grand larceny. 

Rios was sent to the Madison County Jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. 

State Police urge anyone victimized in similar incidents to contact the New York Office of the Attorney General at 1-800-771-7755 and to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online at ftc.gov/complaint or call 877-382-4357.

If you get a call like this: 

  • Resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how dramatic the story is.
  • Verify the person’s identity by asking questions that a stranger couldn’t possibly answer.
  • Call a phone number for your family member or friend that you know to be genuine.
  • Check the story out with someone else in your family or circle of friends, even if you’ve been told to keep it a secret.
  • Don’t wire money — or send a check or money order by overnight delivery or courier.
  • Report possible fraud at ftc.gov/complaint or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP.

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