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Cortland Police Issue Warning on Increase Gift Card Scam Phone Calls

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The City of Cortland Police Department is warning residents of increased reports of phone calls of scammers attempting to collect a fake debt, fine, or receive bail payments. Scammers pose as an authority figure including from the IRS, Social Security Administration, or local law enforcement.

The scammer will attempt to get the potential victim to go to a nearby store and purchase gift cards, which the scammer says would be accepted as a form of payment to the bogus debt. Once the gift cards are purchased by the victim, they then have the victim read out the card codes and pins to the scammer who then applies the gift card for themselves.

Cortland Police says if you or someone who knows is contacted, you are to hang up and call your local police department. Additionally, CPD says the elderly are typically the group that falls as victims to the scams.

Gift cards or bitcoin can never be used as a type of payment for legal bills, bail, taxes, or debts.

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