Fraudster swindles man out of nearly $8,000

68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Cold call

A con artist swindled an 86th Street resident out of $7,500 on Feb. 8 by pretending to be a rep from the Internal Revenue Service.

The thief called the victim, who lives at Shore Road, between 12:40 am and 1 am and requested that he go to Best Buy to put $6,000 on gift cards and give the crook the pin numbers to the cards over the phone.

Once the victim did that, the no-goodnik demanded an additional $4,500 in Target gift cards, which the victim handed over. But when the swindler demanded another $8,000, the man refused, hung up, and contacted the police.

Not-so-lucky day

A thief stole $300 and lottery tickets from an 86th Street store on Feb. 11.

The miscreant walked into the store between Third and Fourth avenues at about 6:45 pm and handed an employee a note demanding she give him the lottery tickets before telling her to also give him the money from the register. The employee also said she saw the butt of a gun sticking out of the bandit’s front left jacket pocket, but that he was covering his face with a scarf.

After making the steal, the lout fled down 86th Street towards Third Avenue, and then towards 87th Street.

— Julianne McShane

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