Caller posing as sheriff employee threatens citizen

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LITTLE VALLEY, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is warning people not to be fooled by a caller posing as one of their employees.

One citizen recently reported giving credit card information over the phone to settle some unpaid debt. The caller pretended to represent the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and threatened to have the citizen arrested if they didn’t pay up for a past due bill for some tools purchased.

The caller ID showed up on the victim’s phone as 938-9191, which is the actual phone number to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb warns that criminals are able to disguise their actual caller ID through a computer program.

Whitcomb advises that it is not the practice of the sheriff’s office to place calls to people to collect unpaid bills and citizens are warned to never give out personal bank or credit card information to anyone over the phone unless you are certain that the caller is legitimate.

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