Authorities in Cortland County are warning residents about yet another phone scam going around in the area – this time involving the impersonation of law enforcement.
Sgt. Chad Burhans from the Cortland County Sheriffs Department says the technique involves both male and female callers who try convincing their victims they’re being investigated for money laundering or drug trafficking and will be arrested if they don’t send money to a desired location.
Typically, the scam begins with the caller identifying themselves as a government law enforcement official and providing a false case identification number, requesting that money be placed on a gift card of some sort.
The caller then asks for the numbers on the back of the card and begins to request US Currency be sent to it.
“As a reminder, law enforcement agencies will not contact the public and have them pay US Currency directly,” Sgt. Burhans said. “If this happens to you or someone you know, you can contact your local law enforcement agency.”
Cortland County Sheriff’s Office
54 Greenbush Street, Cortland NY, 13045