LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The New York State Police is currently investigating several complaints of a telephone scam in which the caller threatens to harm a loved one if the receiver of the call does not send them money.
According to a press release from New York State Police, this common scam involves unknown individuals calling the scam victim and advising that their loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident.
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The calls are threatening in nature and usually involve the caller demanding that money be sent to an area outside of the United States or the person involved in the accident will be arrested for the incident.
Troopers say that anyone who receives such a call should ask questions that an imposter would not be able to answer correctly such as the date of their loved one’s birthday who was allegedly involved in the accident or the city they were born in and also to call the family of the person who is allegedly seeking assistance to check on the legitimacy of the request.
Officials stress that any member of the public who receives one of these scam calls or who has been victimized should call and report the incident to their local policing agency.