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Phone scam warning issued by Cortland County Sheriff’s Office


The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several complaints involving a scam technique where both male and female callers lure potential victims into giving them money.

In each case, the fraudster tells the individual they are going to be arrested for money laundering or drug trafficking.

Typically, the scam begins with a male or female identifying themselves as a government law enforcement official.

A false case identification number is given, followed by a request for money on a gift card of some sort.

At that point, the caller asks for the numbers on the back of the gift card; if that works, they begin to request US currency be sent to their desired location.

As a reminder: Law enforcement agencies never contact the public and have them pay directly.

If this happens to you or someone you know, report the incident to members of your local police agency.


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