Sheriff warns of scam using real names of officers

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A scam invoking the real names of officers from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has been reported in the area, according to law enforcement officials.

Sheriff Robert M. Maciol warned that several victims reported scammers using the real names of Oneida County deputies to threaten fines.

The scam itself is not new. The caller claims to be a member of law enforcement and they demand immediate payment to prevent an arrest.

The scammer then tells the victim to complete a mobile bank transfer or pay with a gift card of pre-paid debit card.

What’s new is scammers are using the real names of actual Oneida County officers, Maciol warned.

“While this common scam may seem obvious to some, the community would be appalled to know how many vulnerable citizens have been taken advantage of right here in Oneida County,” Maciol stated.

“We owe it to our parents, friends, and neighbors to look out for one another,” he said.

Maciol said his agency will never demand payment or request personal financial information over the telephone.

He said scammers often speak quickly and use an authoritative tone to pressure the victim into either releasing personal information or sending money.

Officials advise:

• Stop and take a breath. Scammers will put you on the spot and make you feel rushed.

• Collect your thoughts. If the call seems suspicious, it probably is.

• Act swiftly and hang up the phone.

• Make a report with local law enforcement.

If you or a family member has been the recent victim of a scam, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 315-736-0141.

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