TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- The Broome County Sheriff's Office is reminding the public to be aware of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be a deputy with the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the sheriff's office, a person claiming to be Chief Civil Deputy Genter has called multiple people stating that money is owed on a civil debt and it must be paid immediately via money transfer, gift cards and “MoneyPaks.”
Although Deputy Genter is an employee there, authorities say the sheriff's office does not solicit funds in this manner, as all payments to the Civil Division must be made in person.
"This scam sounds very convincing and legitimate, with the suspect attempting to act as a law enforcement officer and persuade the victims to pay immediately," authorities wrote in a news release.
Officials say if you receive a phone call in which they demand payment via gift cards, “MoneyPaks” or wire transfers, do not provide any personal information, hang up the phone and block the phone number.
Anyone who thinks they have been a victim to this scam is asked to file a complaint by calling (607) 778-1911.