Batavia Police also investigating bail scam referenced by the Sheriff's Office

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The Batavia Police Department is investigating a similar bail scam as referenced by the Sheriff's Office in their press release issued on 04/23/2021.

The scam involves at least four people and is initiated with a phone call to the victim from a private number.  When the victim answers the phone, a distraught female begins the conversation by yelling “Grandma” or “Grandpa” and begins talking about how she was in a car accident, arrested, and needs bail.  The female says that her phone broke during the accident and that’s why she’s calling on a private number.  The female tells the victim she’s going to have her attorney call to arrange bail.  A short time later a male scammer calls the victim saying he is the attorney and provides details about the case.  The male says that he needs $10,000+ to get the granddaughter out of jail and that it must be cash only.  The scammer instructs the victim to leave the cash on the porch for a courier to pick up.  The courier arrives and takes the money from the porch.  Once the scammers receive the money they continue calling the victim attempting to get more money for various legal reasons.

The team of scammers is known to operate a white sedan, possibly a Kia, and a black sedan or SUV.  The involved scammers in the Batavia incident include a female, a smaller build young-looking black male, a heavy-set white male, and a younger average-sized white male with dark hair.

The Batavia Police Department is seeking any leads which can be provided by the public.  Anyone that was in the area of Ellicott St and Williams St on 04/20/2021 at approximately 12:00 PM and 04/21/2021 at approximately 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, and observed the above individuals or their vehicles are asked to contact Detective Jason Ivison at 585-345-6312 or the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370, or online by clicking on the tip link at the bottom of this post or at https://crimewatch.net/us/ny/genesee/batavia-pd/submit-tip.

The Sheriff's Office press release is included below:

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation concerning a larceny report received on April 21.

The victim was contacted via phone by an unknown person who reported themselves to be a relative and indicated that they were under arrest by law enforcement and in need of money for bail. Under this pretense, the victim agreed to pay the bail money, and arrangements were made for the exchange of monetary funds for bail.

The suspect told the victim that they would be sending a courier to the victim’s home to pick up the money. Shortly following the phone conversation, a subject arrived at the victim’s residence under the ruse of being a courier for the family member’s attorney, and an exchange of cash was made.

A second phone call was then made to the victim indicating that the bail amount had been increased and more money was needed. A second exchange was arranged via the same ruse of using a courier.

The initial suspect who arrived posing as the courier is described as a Hispanic male under 26 years old, wearing a red and gray sweatsuit and a baseball cap, no vehicle description.

A second suspect who also posed as a courier is described as a thin build white male with shoulder-length dirty blond hair, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and black, frayed jeans, driving a white box-style van.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is also aware of two other similar incidents in the area. One of which an exchange of money occurred, the other effort was thwarted by a family member who was aware of this type of scam.

We would like the public to be aware of this scam and we believe the perpetrators of these crimes are targeting the elderly. As a reminder, please remain aware and be suspect of phone calls you may receive from unknown sources. As a general practice, do not provide any financial information to callers from unknown sources.

Contact Genesee County Sheriff’s Office if you have information regarding similar incidents or receive phone calls of this nature. The nonemergency Genesee County Emergency Dispatch Center number is (585) 343-5000 or call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 12:00pm

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21-6401 - Ivison

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