Police warn of telephone scam threatening deportation to Spanish speakersPosted: Updated:
Yonkers police are warning about a scam that targets immigrant communities and threatens them with deportation if they do not cooperate.
The scammers are attempting to sell high-priced English language courses to Spanish-speaking immigrants over the telephone.
If the target of the scam refuses to pay, they then threaten to make false reports to immigration officials.
This is an attempt to induce fear of deportation to force the victim to send them money.
Catholic Charities reported the scam to police last week after hearing about it from the community.
Police are now warning the community to never send money over the phone to an unknown person. They say people should hang up on these types of unsolicited calls and feel comfortable to report it to police.