GENESEO – In light of a recent report of a possible internet or phone scam, the Geneseo Police Department has proactively reached out to local residents to reiterate warnings about pushy or desperate calls or messages from people who are actually trying to steal your money.
According to a press release from the Geneseo Police Department, scam artists pretend to be someone they aren’t and make up a story to con you into wiring them money.
“We had one report of a scam this past week,” said Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian. “There are likely more that aren’t reported.”
Geneseo Police say that once a wire transfer goes through, the money is gone and impossible to get back. Scammers might insist that you owe the IRS taxes and you’ll be arrested if you don’t pay up, or that you won the lottery and you have to pay a processing fee to get your money. Some even tell you a loved one’s in trouble and needs your help. They might tell you to use a money wiring service to add funds to a 16-digit account number they give you, saying that it is your case number or account number.
Chief Osganian added that government agencies or legitimate businesses will never ask people to pay by wiring money.
“If someone insists that you pay by wiring money, it’s a scam,” added Chief Osganian. “Don’t do it. Instead, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint or 1-877-FTC-HELP and contact the Geneseo Police Department.”