EAST HARLEM— A caller from Mexico swindled an East Harlem woman out of $1,200 by claiming to be a relative in desperate need of cash to get to the United States, police said.
The 36-year-old woman, who lives near East 120th Street and First Avenue, received a call on April 24 around 10 a.m. from a person imitating the victim’s cousin, police said.
The trickster then convinced the woman that a $1,200 check would help get the suspect to the United States, police said.
The victim then sent the phony relative a check for the amount only to realize later that she had been duped, police said.
No one had been arrested as of Friday.