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Mexican Caller Claiming to be Relative Scams Woman Out of $1,200, NYPD Says

 The caller imitated the woman's cousin and said they were planning a trip to the U.S., police said. 
The caller imitated the woman's cousin and said they were planning a trip to the U.S., police said. 
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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.