Utica, N.Y. - Oneida County Sheriffs are warning people about a phone scam involving the Sheriff’s Office.
The scammers are calling people using names of the Sheriff’s Office employees asking for possible payment of fines or offenses and threatening arrest. The scammers say the victims should issue payment immediately using a mobile bank transfer, gift card or pre-paid debit card.
The scammers often talk fast and use an authoritative tone to put pressure on the citizen so they will agree to send money.
The Sheriffs office says they never demand payment or request personal financial information over the phone.