Update: A non-Adelphi individual has been arrested by the Garden City Police and charged with grand larceny.
On March 13 & 25, 2013 and Adelphi student became the victim of a con-game when she was contacted via Telephone & Social Media by a male, unknown to her, who convinced her to provide him confidential banking information records.
Anyone who has information on the identity of this person of interest or information on this crime can contact the Adelphi University Department of Public Safety at 516.877.3511 or the Garden City Police Department at 516.465.4100. All calls will remain confidential.
Garden City Police Suspect Case #00239-13:
A wide variety of con artists operate on the streets. Adelphi students are not exempt from their wiles. Take heed of these warnings.
- Beware of strangers offering to include you in any quick money-making deals and also beware of chain letters and pyramid schemes
- In most con games, there are usually at least two participants. One person adds credibility to the other one’s story.
- Con artists often want you to put up some money to show good faith.
- Con artists will frequently pretend ignorance of the local environment and get sympathy to help accomplish some type of financial transaction.
- In one common game, con artists put up their own money to show their cooperation. Your money and their money are put together in a handkerchief. They often give you the money to hold, but, in demonstrating how to keep it secure, they place it in their pocket where the handkerchief is switched: You get the one with worthless contents. They may give you directions to some office or bank and will be gone when you return.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
You probably think that you would never be fooled by such ploys. But these people are convincing. They may represent themselves as strangers, lawyers, bankers, or law enforcement officers. At home they may say they are repairers, meter inspectors, or salesmen with bargains. Demand credentials and question people thoroughly.
There are no circumstances under which any legitimate authority will ask you to withdraw any money from a bank or surrender your valuables.
If you become a victim, report the crime immediately to Adelphi public safety and to the police.
For further information, please contact:
Public Safety and Transportation
Levermore Hall, Suite 113
p – 516.877.3500 or dial “5” from any on-campus phone