Cops seek crook who tried to con 76-year-old woman in Manhattan out of $9,000 in fake bail scheme

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Cops are looking for a crook who tried to con a senior woman out of $9,000 in a fake bail scheme in Manhattan.

According to police, at at 7:10 p.m. on Feb. 18, an unknown man was attempting to meet a 76-year-old woman at her apartment building, located in the vicinity of Riverside Drive and 163rd Street. Prior to the meeting, the woman had received a call from an unknown man falsely stating that her son was arrested and needed the cash in order to meet bail.

The man tried to get $9,000 from the victim, however when he was challenged by a third party at the meeting he fled to the back seat of a white vehicle empty-handed and left the scene.

The suspect is described as a man in his 20s with brown eyes and short brown hair, standing 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing brown sunglasses, a black jacket, white shirt, dark pants and black dress shoes.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.