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The original item was published from 9/19/2019 6:43:57 PM to 9/19/2019 6:46:29 PM.

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Posted on: September 19, 2019


(Mineola, NY) Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell is cautioning residents of scam calls

“spoofing” the Nassau County Clerk’s office phone number being made particularly to senior citizens

throughout the country. “My office has received an influx of calls from people all around the United

States who are being targeted by the ‘Grandparent Scam’ and believed these calls were originating

from my office because that’s what their Caller-ID was telling them,” O’Connell stated.

The “Grandparent Scam” begins with the scammer claiming to be the victim’s grandchild.

They will provide believable details and claim they are in some type of trouble or distress and ask the

victim to wire money or send a gift card. According to the AARP website, the scammers often do not

target randomly. They obtain information from social media or by hacking email accounts to obtain

contact lists. A report by the FTC states that in recent years nearly one in five people reported losing

money in an imposter scheme like the “Grandparent Scam”, amounting to a loss of $328 million in the

year 2017 alone. Those ages 70 and older have suffered the highest average losses.

County Clerk O’Connell warns that Caller-ID shouldn’t always be trusted when the number

listed is a government agency. “Caller-ID spoofing is one of the most common deceptive tactics that

these scammers use to try and come across as legitimate,” said County Clerk O’Connell. “Our senior

citizens are being targeted relentlessly by sophisticated scam artists who contact them by phone, email,

and U.S. Mail. We are constantly working with local law enforcement to bring these thieves to

justice.” County Clerk O’Connell says that her office will never ask you to remit payment by wire

transfer or gift card and asks that any residents who receive a suspicious phone call believed to be

coming from her office to end the call immediately and contact her Administrative Office at (516)


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