The New York State Police are currently investigating several telephone scams in which the callers are utilizing fabricated scenarios in their efforts to defraud their victims.
Common fraud scenarios include: the caller pretending to be from the IRS and claiming that a lawsuit has been filed against the victim for failure to pay taxes; the caller claiming to be from a local utility company and demanding funds be sent immediately under threat of the utility being shut off; the caller telling the victim that a family member has been arrested in a foreign county and needs money wired for bail.
In several recent incidents, the perpetrators have utilized technology to show the phone number on the victim’s caller ID to be that of an official or governmental agency.
The State Police are cautioning anyone who receives a suspicious phone call in which the caller is requesting immediate payment by cash, check, credit card or money wire against providing any personal or banking information.
Police urge anyone who receive such calls to hang up and independently confirm with the calling agency or family member that the call is not an attempt at fraud.
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