A Commack resident is one of dozens of Long Islanders who fell victim to an ongoing phone scam.
According to Suffolk County police, the Commack resident received a call Aug. 13 in which the caller allegedly fooled the homeowner into believing that a family member was arrested and needed money for bail. Police said the victim sent the money, but then learned it was all a lie.
Police said dozens of Long Islanders have received similar calls over the past several months, in which the caller states that a family member has been in an auto accident, arrested or abducted and needs money to get out their predicament.
Suffolk Chief of Detectives William Madigan told News 12 that 275 people have reported such calls since the end of last year. He said the scammers made a total of $71,000 off of 44 victims who sent money.