A scam targeting senior citizens and their money is nothing new, and Jeffrey Sherer was one of the latest victims.
The 78-year-old Clarkstown resident was tricked into emptying $35,000 from his account with TD Bank earlier this year, sending that money to an account in Peru. After realizing the deception and failing to get TD Bank to refund him, he took his plight to his elected officials, who not only want to make sure Sherer gets his money back, but also that this type of fraud does not claim any more victims.
“What happened to Jeff has happened to many other residents of Rockland, Westchester and New York state. Anybody could fall victim to one of these scams,” state Sen. Elijah Reichlin-Melnick said Wednesday outside the TD Bank on South Main Street in New City, where he was joined by Sherer and state Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski. “And the question is not, what happens then? It’s, what are we going to do about it? And what is the bank going to do about it?”
Sherer and those legislators said TD Bank should refund his money for what they deemed was not enough effort to help prevent this trickery from taking place.
Sherer said he had been contacted by a scammer who told him than an error had resulted in $35,000 being added to his account at TD Bank. The scammer told him he would be accused of embezzlement if he did not return the money, he said.
The scammer gained control of Sherer’s computer and showed him phony images of what appeared to be proof of the accidental…