MONTGOMEY COUNTY, N.Y. – The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is warning the public of a recent phone scam affecting local victims.
There have been a few instances recently, where a person will receive a phone call at home stating that if they do not provide a sum of money by Western Union then they will be arrested by the local Sheriff's Office or Police Department and put in jail.
If you have a caller ID the phone number will show as an “Emergency Call.” This is something completed with the use of a computer over the Internet, it is not your local law enforcement calling.
Most of these victims have some sort of outstanding loan and the people calling are stating that a payment is required to satisfy a portion of the loan, they then state that lack of providing the payment as requested will be proof that a crime has been committed, therefore scaring the victim into sending the money.
Officials encourage everyone to not provide any information to someone over the phone; they also encourage contacting your loan provider, bank or local law enforcement to assure that you are actually dealing with appropriate people.
Any questions please contact your local law enforcement or the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 673-2554, 853-5500 or 736-1850.