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Police spoofing scam reaches Cortland County

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After two recent phone scam reports involving police impersonators in Tompkins County, a similar alert was issued yesterday by the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple complaints of both male and female callers claiming to be with law enforcement, who try to convince potential victims they’re being prosecuted to scare them into sending money.

C0rtland Inv./Sgt Mark Starner says the scammers generally provide either a fake name and/or case identification number, then demand money in the form of a gift card or similar payment.

Recently in Tompkins County, numerous reports have been made of similar fraud attempts, where perpetrators have been able to “spoof” the phone numbers of both the Ithaca Police Department and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office — one resident lost $20k.

Members of both communities are now warned to be on high-alert for these types of scams.

“As a reminder, Law Enforcement Agencies will not contact the public and have them pay US Currency directly or have them purchase gift cards,” said Sgt. Starner. “If this happens to you or someone you know, you can contact your local Law Enforcement Agency.”

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