RAY BROOK, N.Y. - New York State Police are warning residents in Clinton and Franklin counties about a phone scam with someone trying to solicit money.
Police say in one instance someone contacts a person telling them that won a $2.5 million sweepstakes prize. The man then requests money in order to claim the prize. Another scam involves someone claiming to be a police officer in another country. The officer claims that his grandchild was in jail for committing a crime and need bail money. The victim would be asked to send $500 to the person to bail his grandchild out.
Police say they are warning the public to never send money to a prize company, since prize companies never require winners to send money for shipping or to claim prizes.
New York State Police say people should be wary of solicitors who:
- Do not provide a legitimate address or phone number;
- Demand immediate payment or payment in cash, wire transfer or money card;
- Seem vague as to the circumstances;
- Say that money has to be sent in to collect a prize;
- Appear angry or impatient when asked reasonable questions about the organization they represent or the reasons for which money will be used.
Anyone who receives a solicitation by telephone, mail, email or in person, from someone seeking money and who purports to be a representative or employee of a police agency, is advised to get as many details as possible about the caller and to report this to the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau or the nearest Attorney General’s Office, or visit: http://www.ag.ny.gov/.