Police: 2 men arrested after conning Westbury woman into buying thousands of dollars worth of gold bars
Police say two men were arrested for conning a Westbury woman into buying thousands of dollars worth of gold bars.
According to police, a 76-year-old victim received a phone call on Friday, May 19, from an unknown male claiming to work for a computer security company.
Police say the subject advised that her computer had been compromised and she needed to secure her finances. The man recommended that she transfer money out of her account and purchase gold with her savings.
The victim then purchased $194,152 worth of gold bars. The subject arranged a meeting and informed the victim that federal employees would arrive to obtain the gold bars for safe keeping. The subjects then removed the gold bars upon arrival.
The victim was contacted again on Friday, May 26, and purchased three additional gold bars, valued at $191,836.
The subject advised her to place the gold bars in a box under a tree in front of her house for agents who would arrive and secure the gold. The victim became suspicious and contacted the police.
"Thankfully, they're greedy, they came back," says Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder. "And the second time around we got them."
Subsequent to the investigation, police arrested Arpit Dineshbhai Patel, 38, of Pennsylvania, and Hitesh Jashbhai Patel, 49, of Jersey City, New Jersey, without incident.
Both defendants are charged with attempted grand larceny in the second degree and were arraigned Thursday.
Police are in the process of attempting to get back the initial gold bars they are accused of stealing.
Bernard Macias, with the American Association of Retired Persons, says scammers are cheating senior citizens out of billions annually. He says to avoid being scammed; older adults should hang if they receive an unsolicited phone call.
"Do not entertain or engage on that phone call, do not send money to people you do not know and do not share personal information," Macias.