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.