Officials Warn of Scammers Posing as Deputies
In word today from the Broome County Sheriff's Office another phone call scam has been reported in the county.
According to the Broome County Sheriff's Office, the department is investigating phone calls being made by a person falsely identifying themselves as a deputy sheriff.
The sheriff's office continued to explain that the caller tries to tell the victim that they missed jury duty and need to complete paperwork and pay a fine to avoid being arrested.
The caller then tells the victim to meet the caller in the parking lot of the Broome County Sheriff's Office and wait for him to arrive there.
Broome County Sheriff David Harder is reminding the public that deputy sheriffs do not collect fines and any money that needs to be collected is done inside the sheriff's office in an official manner, not in a parking lot.
Sheriff Harder also states that the parking lot at the Broome County Sheriff's Office is a safe zone and is under 24-hour video surveillance and every license plate that enters or exits the lot is recorded.
Additionally, matters of jury duty is managed by the Commissioner of Jurors, Harder added, NOT the Broome County Sheriff's Office.
Anyone who receives any of the scam calls is urged to report it to authorities immediately by calling (607) 778-1911, option 1.