NYC scammer steals thousands of dollars from good Samaritans who lent phone: police

The NYPD released a photo of the suspect Tuesday as the search for him continued.
The NYPD released a photo of the suspect Tuesday as the search for him continued. Photo credit NYPD

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A man stole thousands of dollars from two people who lent him their phones after he told them a bogus story about being locked out of his apartment, police said.

The man approached a 21-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman at 77th Christopher St. in Greenwich Village just after midnight on Jan. 14 and asked if he could use a cellphone, alleging he got locked out.

He then asked to use the victim's money transfer account to pay a locksmith in exchange for cash.

The scammer proceeded to transfer $5,716 to an unknown bank account from their cell phones before fleeing southbound on Seventh Avenue, police said.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) .

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