And in the fourth scenario that City Police have received reports of, the person receives a call from a fake loan collector with a Texas phone number. The impostor tells the call recipient that he is the cosigner on a credit card and that the cardholder has defaulted on the money owed and that monetary compensation is required to settle the debt.
“The only victims that I’m aware of so far are to the lieutenant scam,” Beebie said.
Two people have received IRS scam calls, at least two were called by the fake computer technician, and more than two were called by a person who identified himself as a credit-card debt collector, Beebie said.
The calls appear to be random, he said, and no particular demographic seems to be the sole target.
People who receive calls that appears to be fake should not provide any personal information but learn as much as they can about the caller and the organization for which he claims to work, Beebie said.
“Be suspicious, obtain all biographical info you can, disconnect the phone call and notify law enforcement. And don’t wait.”
Police should be called as soon as possible, he said.
City Police are working with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office in their investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office has been referring scam reports to City Police. State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said that, to her knowledge, State Police haven’t received any complaints.
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IF YOU ARE CALLED
"If you get one of these cold calls, obtain as much information as you can," Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Scott Beebie said.
Most of the calls have been to landline home phones, he said. Ask for and write down the person's name, the name of the company or agency he's calling from and the call-back number.
Then research the agency online to determine if it's legitimate, and if it's suspicious, call the local police department as soon as possible. "Use your local law enforcement as a resource to help you," Beebie said.
Reach City Police at 563-3411.