WOODBURY - Dozens of Long Islanders have fallen prey to phone scams over the past few months.

Police say con artists are calling Long Islanders, claiming relatives are in trouble and need money because they've been arrested, abducted or in an accident.

Suffolk Chief of Detectives William Madigan says 275 people have reported such calls since the end of last year. He says 44 sent money, totaling $71,000.

Suffolk police say they have pinpointed some of the suspected scammers.