Police are asking the public’s help to find three people they say scammed an elderly woman out of $10,000 in February.
Police said an elderly Quogue woman was contacted electronically by someone claiming there was child pornography on her computer and she was directed to purchase $10,000 in Home Depot gift cards to clear the device.
The woman purchased the gift cards from Home Depot in Riverhead and provided the card information over the phone on Feb. 15 at approximately 3 p.m., according to a Suffolk County Crime Stoppers press release.
Later that day, three individuals used the gift cards to make purchases at several Home Depot locations in Suffolk, Nassau, Queens and Kings counties, police said.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers released the above surveillance camera images of the three people wanted in connection with the incident.
Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS or online at www.P3Tips.com or via the mobile app that can be downloaded at the App Store or Google Play by searching P3 Tips.
All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential, police said.
Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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