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Scam Alert: Yonkers Police want you to beware of Telephone scams: Callers claiming to be YPD

The Yonkers Police Department has received information that Yonkers residents may be getting phone calls from random numbers claiming to be the police, asking if the home is occupied and then hanging up.

If you receive a phone call like this, please call Yonkers Police Headquarters at (914) 377-7900. YONKERS POLICE WANT YOU TO BEWARE OF TELEPHONE SCAMS Recent advances in telephone technology (internet calling, voice-over IP, spoofing, etc.) has yielded an increase in the number of telephone based frauds and scams. The scammers often target the elderly and vulnerable members of our community.

The Yonkers Police Department wants you to be safe, and to protect yourself from becoming the victim of a telephone scam by following these simple guidelines:

• Your best protection is to just hang up the phone when called by someone you do not know. If you think that is rude, tell these callers politely that you are not interested, don't want to waste their time, and please don't call back - and then hang up.

• Be suspicious of unsolicited telephone calls. Scammers will often try to engage you by purporting to be a government or law enforcement official, a family member in distress or experiencing an emergency, or a charitable organization. The scammer’s goal is almost always to get you to give up money via wire transfer or even cash payment, or to steal your identity and bank information.

• Never give out your personal or financial details. Unless you initiated the call and or you know who you are speaking to, NEVER give out your personal information – especially your social security number, checking or debit or credit cards numbers, your date of birth or your name and address – to anyone over the telephone. The government – Police, IRS, Federal or State Agencies – will NEVER call or text you asking for money.

• Don’t believe your caller ID. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine.

• Talk to someone. Before you give up your money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists want you to make decisions in a hurry. They might even threaten you. Slow down, check out the story, do an online search, consult an expert, or just tell a friend.

• Hang up on robocalls. If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up and report it to the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP or online. These calls are illegal, and often the products are bogus. Don’t press 1 to speak to a person or to be taken off the list. That could lead to more calls.

• Check out a charity before you give. Ask how much of your donation actually goes to the charity. Ask the caller to send you written information so you can make an informed decision without being pressured, rushed, or guilted into it.