Cops flag ongoing scams, including one for summer apartment rentals

Detective John Santiago was presented with a Cop of the Month award by Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney and Frank Scala, president of the 13th Precinct Community Council. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Detective John Santiago was presented with a Cop of the Month award by Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney and Frank Scala, president of the 13th Precinct Community Council. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

While crime was down in the 13th Precinct area for June, both overall and in most of the major areas, grand larcenies have spiked.

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney, the commanding officer of the 13th Precinct, said this was partially due to an ongoing spate of scams. He reported on the latest stats at the last Community Council meeting at the end of June.

“Nobody is giving anybody money,” he advised. “No one will arrest you if you don’t pay your bills. The IRS is not going to ask you for iTunes gift cards to pay them. It’s a scam.”

He added that there has also been an increase in apartment scams recently, specifically of criminals posting fake listings about cheap summer rentals in the Hamptons.

“Nobody is renting their shore house at prime time season,” he said. “If it sounds too good to be true it’s probably not true.”

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