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El Barrio Man Duped Out of $2K for Custom Headstone for Dead Parents

By Dartunorro Clark | September 21, 2016 5:11pm
 The company told the man they never received the check for the memorial, police said. 
The company told the man they never received the check for the memorial, police said. 
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HARLEM — A con man offering to carve a custom headstone for the grave of a man's dead parents swindled him out of more than $2,000, police said. 

The 37-year-old victim, who lives in East Harlem, was contacted last month by someone claiming to represent a gravestone memorial company, police said.

He was asked to send a check to pay for a memorial, police said.

But on Sept. 15, when he received an alert from Chase bank saying the check had been cashed, he noticed all of the information on the check had been changed, including the name and the amount, police said. 

The man then contacted the memorial company Art in Granite, which places customized memorials on gravestones, according to its website

The company said they never received the check, police said. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD's CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).