Elder scammers attack in Roosevelt


A grand larceny/elder scam took place on Tuesday, July 9 at 3 p.m, in Roosevelt.

According to detectives, a 76-year-old woman was walking on Nassau Road near Debevoise Avenue when she was approached by an unidentified man who offered to help carry her groceries.

The woman accepted the offer, and upon reaching her home, the man claimed he had a winning lottery ticket but couldn't claim the winnings.

The woman offered to cash the ticket for him, but he requested collateral. She handed over various jewelry items, but the man insisted it wasn't enough and asked her to withdraw $2,000 from the bank.

Shortly after, an unidentified woman driving a white four-door sedan arrived at the woman's residence and took both the man and woman to the Bethpage Federal Credit Union at 405 Nassau Road, where the woman withdrew the money.

After returning home, the woman realized she had been scammed and contacted the police.

The man is described as roughly 40 years old, 5’9” tall, with a medium build, wearing a blue shirt, a black baseball hat, and glasses. Police do not have a description of the woman who drove the car. The investigation is continuing, police said.

The Nassau County Police Department urges the community to stay alert and remind vulnerable family members, friends, and neighbors about potential scams or frauds.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 244-8477 or call 911.

All calls are confidential.