The Rye Police report some of the area’s most vulnerable homeowners are part of a widening telephone solicitation scam.
Without naming any victims, police say several recent incidents of callers asking elderly people to wire money to a relative in a foreign country have been reported in the county, with one, possibly more of the calls, received in Rye.
“Typically, the caller will claim that the victim’s son or grandson has been traveling overseas and has been involved in an accident or has been kidnapped, and needs money for ransom or to avoid being jailed,” a Rye PD spokesman said.
The money is wired, and it’s gone.
Residents should always report any anonymous request for money, police say.