Hornell Police Chief Says There's Been An Increase in Phone Scams
Murray: Scam Artists Are Pretending To Be with IRS/FBI, etc.
March 15, 2013
HORNELL, NY - Police Chief Ted Murray is reporting that there has been an increase in phone scams lately, and that the con artists are getting more aggressive on the phone. "More telephone call solicitors are calling people attempting to get people to send money to locations fraudulently," Murray said. "Unfortunately, most of these are scams."
According to Murray, some scam artists are pretending to be with big government agencies, like the IRS or FBI. "Because of the technology today, they're much more sophisticated," Murray tells WLEA/WCKR News. "One of the things that they can do is, through a computer system, when you look at your phone ID, they'll identify themselves as being with an agency, like the IRS, or the FBI or a police agency. So when you look for verification on it, it will look like you're talking with a person from one of those agencies, when you're not," Murray stated.
The police chief is also warning against scams that involve unsolicited checks in the mail.
He also says to call your local law enforcement agency, if you have any questions about scams.