The Penn Yan Police Department is warning local residents about a scam targeting senior citizens.
It’s a Facebook scam where the perpetrators are copying the personal information of local residents and attempting to communicate with elderly family members in an effort to get money from them.
The scammers promise thousands of dollars if the victims send Apple Gift Cards or American Express Gold Dot gift cards.
The victims are led to believe that if they send in the payment, they will receive a prize package in the mail.
When the package doesn’t arrive, the criminals convince the victim it was lost and that they need to send more money so a new package can be sent.
Police are reminding residents to talk to their elderly relatives about these types of scams.
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